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Can I still become a doctor if I have moderately bad asthma?

22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Absolutely. There are only a few occupations, like scuba diving, that are not appropriate for people with asthma.
Once your asthma is controlled with medications there is no reason you can't do medicine. Many doctors who have health problems are better doctors because of it, because they can relate to their patient's experience.

In brief: Yes

Absolutely. There are only a few occupations, like scuba diving, that are not appropriate for people with asthma.
Once your asthma is controlled with medications there is no reason you can't do medicine. Many doctors who have health problems are better doctors because of it, because they can relate to their patient's experience.
Dr. Sean McGhee
Dr. Sean McGhee
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Dr. Devon Webster
For sure! Should you disclose your asthma? Sadly, not all MDs are as compassionate as you will be.
David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: ABSOLUTELY!

As a person with a chronic disease (in this case, asthma) you would bring a unique perspective to your practice.
This would be a great benefit to your future patients as they know that you understand where they are coming from in their struggles. If you have a desire to practice medicine, go for it!

In brief: ABSOLUTELY!

As a person with a chronic disease (in this case, asthma) you would bring a unique perspective to your practice.
This would be a great benefit to your future patients as they know that you understand where they are coming from in their struggles. If you have a desire to practice medicine, go for it!
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

The greatest misconception about asthma is that you can't do what you want to do.
The goal of asthma treatment is to allow the patient to do whatever they want to do. If your asthma stops you from doing what you want or need to do then you need to seek better care.

In brief: Absolutely

The greatest misconception about asthma is that you can't do what you want to do.
The goal of asthma treatment is to allow the patient to do whatever they want to do. If your asthma stops you from doing what you want or need to do then you need to seek better care.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. Debra Miller
Absolutely agree. You can do whatever you want with the asthma. Your goal should be to learn as much as you can about your asthma with your doctor and learn how to begin treatment early after you find your triggers. You need to speak with your doctor so you can learn how to treat your asthma together and properly. Good luck!
Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Becoming a Doctor

Yes, Asthma and a host of other medccal conditions can be easily treated and not road block to becoming a doctor.

In brief: Becoming a Doctor

Yes, Asthma and a host of other medccal conditions can be easily treated and not road block to becoming a doctor.
Dr. Larry Nichter
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There is no reason you couldn't finish medical school and the residency of your choice.

In brief: Yes

There is no reason you couldn't finish medical school and the residency of your choice.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Stephen Kimura
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

There is no reason that you cannot become a physician even if you have asthma.
Get your asthma under control. You will likely even be a better physician because you have a personal understanding of the disease, medications, and side effects of treatment.

In brief: Yes

There is no reason that you cannot become a physician even if you have asthma.
Get your asthma under control. You will likely even be a better physician because you have a personal understanding of the disease, medications, and side effects of treatment.
Dr. Stephen Kimura
Dr. Stephen Kimura
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