Disability Benefits for Asthma: Understanding the Symptoms and Triggers
Asthma is an incurable and progressive disease, so prevention and long-term control are key.
When most people think of asthma, they think of shortness of breath—but it’s much more than that.
During an asthma attack, the muscles in the bronchial tubes contract and become inflamed, which narrows the airways and limits air flow. In addition to shortness of breath, symptoms can include wheezing, tightness in the chest and neck, rapid or difficult breathing, coughing, panic, or bluish fingernails or lips.
An asthma attack can be triggered by one or more things, including:
- Airborne irritants (chemicals, smoke, air pollution)
- Respiratory infections
- Strong Emotions
- Cold air
- Exposure to chemicals
What triggers one person with asthma may not affect another at all. Learning to recognize and avoid your triggers, and keeping track of your breathing to gauge how well your medication is working, are important.
Describing the nature of your case of asthma will also be important when you’re trying to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
You don’t have to wonder whether you’ll qualify. You can check with our Indiana disability advocates to get an idea of what to expect from your disability claim.
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