Asthma is a medical condition where the lungs are affected, causing difficulty in breathing. The disorder that affects the lungs will cause the airways to narrow and mucus is produced due to swelling. The condition will make breathing difficult and hard. Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath is also very common. Though many people are not bothered with asthma, others consider this condition as a disability. The symptoms will greatly affect the ability of an individual to perform normal daily activities.
Though there is no cure for asthma, the symptoms can be controlled with proper medication and ensure that what triggers the attack should be avoided.
Not all people who have asthma have the same intensity of their symptoms. While some may have infrequent asthma attacks, others may have daily attacks. Some people will only have asthma when they are exercising or climbing a steep incline or stairs, but it sometimes they won’t have asthma even if they do the same activities.
The signs and symptoms of Asthma include:
- There is shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Inability to sleep because of coughing or wheezing
- When exhaling a wheezing sound can be heard
- Coughing or wheezing attacks that become severe because of a cold or a flu
When the asthma is now worse symptoms can include:
- Frequent asthma attack
- Increased difficulty in breathing
Some individuals with asthma will experience flare-ups when exposed to certain triggers, such as:
- Too hot or too cold temperatures
- Inhalation of chemical fumes or smoke
- Asthma that is caused by allergies such as allergic reaction to drinks, food and airborne substances like pollen, mold spores, hair from pets etc.
There is no clear distinction yet as to why some people have asthma while others don’t. But experts believe that genes and environmental factors play a role in getting asthma.
There are factors that can increase your likelihood of developing Asthma, and that includes:
- Obesity or being overweight
- Chain-smoker and being exposed to second-hand smoke
- Exposure to harmful fumes and chemical substances
- If asthma runs in the family, there is a good chance you will get it too
If you think you are suffering from Asthma you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Asthma as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).