What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus, making breathing difficult and causing coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.  People with asthma suffer from the condition all the time, but appear symptom-free until something irritates the lungs, causing what is known as an “asthma attack.”  For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and impacts their ability to attend work regularly.  Asthma can be disabling for both children and adults if not properly managed with medication.

Causes of Asthma and Preventions

Many different irritants trigger asthma attacks. Part of learning to control your asthma is to learn what triggers symptoms and attacks and avoiding those triggers as much as possible. Some of the common asthma triggers include the following:

  • smoke
  • dust mites
  • air pollution
  • cockroaches
  • pets
  • mold
  • chemical fumes
  • high humidity
  • cold, dry air
  • certain foods or food additives.

Asthma triggers that are present in the workplace can make sustaining work difficult over time.  Asthma attacks cause people to miss work and be off-task while at work.  Both absenteeism and poor work production can lead to termination and an inability to sustain competitive employment or disability.

What Has To Be Proven For You To Be Considered Disabled By Social Security Due To Asthma

The medical listing for Asthma is medical listing 3.03.  If you do not “meet” this listing, you may still be considered disabled asthma related symptoms prevent you from working in competitive employment. 

Chad Brown Law helps children and adults with asthma obtain disability benefits on a regular basis.  If you have asthma and find yourself unable to work, call Chad Brown Law today at 336-962-5373 to see how we can help you win your disability case and get the health insurance you need to manage your asthma.