Is Asthma a Disability?
The number of people diagnosed with asthma in the United States continues to grow. To date there are over 25 million asthmas suffers in the US alone. Not only is asthma a health concern, but it also has financial implications with medical costs, lost school and work days, as well as early deaths.
Asthma as a disease
Disease can be defined as a disorder that produces specific signs or symptoms, and is not a direct result of a physical injury. Asthma is a chronic lung disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, the airways become inflamed restricting their ability to deliver oxygen to the lungs.
Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma triggers are different for each individual but can include:
- Outdoor allergens including pollens from grass, trees, flowers, and weeds
- Indoor allergens like dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, and cockroach particles
- Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke, chemical fumes, and strong orders
- Respiratory infections, the common cold, flu or other illness
- Physical activity (this is known as exercise-induced asthma)
- Weather conditions, such as cold air or extremely dry, wet or windy weather
- Medicines such as aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and nonselective beta-blockers
- Sulfites in foods and drinks
Asthma as a disability
Asthma can manifest as mild symptoms or it can interfere with your ability to carry on with everyday activities. In extreme cases, asthma can be life threatening. If your asthma attacks are moderate to severe, you should seek medical treatment as you may be able to get disability benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), asthma is an impairment that can be considered a disability if your asthma prevents you from working for at least 12 months. If you pass SSA’s screening tests, they will investigate to determine if your asthma meets their official criteria for a disability.
For asthma to be qualified as a disability, you must be under a doctor’s care and be diagnosed with chronic asthma. The attack must last at least one day and require medical attention or treatment in a medical facility. The frequency of attacks to qualify as a disability are at least once every 2 months or 6 times a year.
You must continue to be seen for the condition for 12 consecutive months and you will be asked to provide medical records in order to claim disability payments.
Although there is little known about the cause of asthma beyond its triggers, it is important to educate yourself on prevention and treatment. Asthma attacks can be prevented with the use of inhalers containing corticosteroids and other prescribed daily long-term control medicines.
Understanding and avoiding triggers is the best way to prevent an attack. It is important to work with your doctor to record your symptoms along with the time and frequency that they occur. This will help you to create a personal asthma action plan.
Asthma Free Forever
To further your education, you may consider reading the e-book Asthma Free Forever. This book was written by international author and asthma expert, Jerry Ericson. Mr. Ericson is a researcher and homeopathic practitioner. The treatments contained in this book are based on his 20 plus years of helping asthma sufferers quickly and permanently eliminate their symptoms with natural remedies.
You will learn about the many powerful and natural remedies available to reverse the painful, debilitating symptoms of asthma. This book is appropriate for all types of asthma as its step-by-step instructions can be used in combination with medication for those suffering from the most severe symptoms.
Living with asthma
The causes of asthma are not fully understood. Sometimes people naturally outgrow their symptoms; other times regular treatment with proper medication may make the disease seem to be cured. However, it is vital to remember that once you have been diagnosed with asthma, it can always recur.
Asthma should not stop you from living an active and healthy life. Learning as much as you can about your triggers and how to prevent exacerbating your symptoms will help you manage your condition.
If you believe you have asthma but take no action, you may experience worsening symptoms and a deterioration in your ability to function normally. For mild asthma symptoms, you may be able to successfully treat yourself with an assortment of home remedies like those found in Asthma Free Forever.