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Should I stay home from work if I have copd?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily...
Many patients with COPD are able to work for many years after their diagnosis but it does depend on some factors like how physical is your job, how is your oxygen level and many other factors.
Your doctor can determine if you are still able to work or if your disease is severe enough that you can no longer work at your current job. But, COPD does not necessarily mean you can no longer work.

In brief: Not necessarily...
Many patients with COPD are able to work for many years after their diagnosis but it does depend on some factors like how physical is your job, how is your oxygen level and many other factors.
Your doctor can determine if you are still able to work or if your disease is severe enough that you can no longer work at your current job. But, COPD does not necessarily mean you can no longer work.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
A qualified "no".
COPD causes shortness of breath which can limit one's ability to work, more or less depending on the job. That being said, most people with COPD can function in the workplace, with the exception of those exposed to fumes, dusts, particulates and other respiratory irritants.

In brief: No
A qualified "no".
COPD causes shortness of breath which can limit one's ability to work, more or less depending on the job. That being said, most people with COPD can function in the workplace, with the exception of those exposed to fumes, dusts, particulates and other respiratory irritants.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
It depends on what stage of COPD you have.
Like with all chronic illnesses, you can have good days and bad days (exacerbations) with copd. It is important to rest and get medical treatment when you have these exacerbations, but overall you should try to stay active.

In brief: No
It depends on what stage of COPD you have.
Like with all chronic illnesses, you can have good days and bad days (exacerbations) with copd. It is important to rest and get medical treatment when you have these exacerbations, but overall you should try to stay active.
Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
You need to consult your physician if you are having what is called a COPD exacerbation, which is a worsening of symptoms.
However, just because you have COPD doesn't mean you have to stay home from work.

In brief: No
You need to consult your physician if you are having what is called a COPD exacerbation, which is a worsening of symptoms.
However, just because you have COPD doesn't mean you have to stay home from work.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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