Adult Asthma and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Asthma is a chronic medical ailment. This means that it is ongoing, recurrent or long lasting. Asthma involves your respiratory system in a way in which your airway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus.
Asthma is usually marked by recurring episodes of shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound when you breathe) and coughing. In most instances, your coughing usually takes place early in the morning or at night.
There are several different kinds of asthma. Some of these are nocturnal asthma, cough-variant asthma, allergic asthma, exercise-induced asthma, occupational asthma and adult asthma.
In the United States, more than 20 million people are afflicted with asthma. Each day, about 60,000 people miss work or school; 5,000 go to ER and more than 1,000 are admitted to the hospital because of asthma.
The incidence of asthma is growing rapidly in developed countries like the United States. It has now been estimated that up to one in four children in urban areas is affected by asthma.
For many people, asthma begins in their childhood. When someone over the age of 20 gets asthma, it is referred to as adult asthma. Adult asthma can start after the age of 50, 60 or even older.
Women are much more likely to get adult asthma than men are. Women account for about 75% of the adults who are hospitalized for asthma treatment. Women also stay in the hospital for a longer period of time with asthma than men.
Reasons you may get adult asthma
There are several different things that may play a role in causing adult asthma. Some of these include:
- Different viruses, infections or illnesses, as many adults have had their first asthma signs and symptoms after the flu or a bad cold
- Environmental irritants and allergens
- Becoming sensitized to common substances that are found in your food or home
- Allergies of one kind or another
There are risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing adult asthma. Some of these are:
- Exposure to exhaust fumes or other forms of pollutants
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Having a blood relative with asthma
- Being a smoker
- Having a mother who smoked while she was pregnant
- Being overweight
- Having an allergic condition like hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Exposure to occupational triggers, such as chemicals that are used in manufacturing, farming or hairdressing.
There are several signs and symptoms to watch out for if you think you may have developed adult asthma. Some of these are:
- Colds that you get may last for 10 days or more
- Colds that you get may go to your chest
- A dry cough that occurs particularly at night or in response to specific triggers
- Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound when you breathe)
- Tightness in your chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath after you exercise
In comparing adult asthma with asthma that begins in childhood, children often have intermittent signs and symptoms while adults usually have persistent symptoms. The majority of adults have a decrease in lung capacity after middle age. If adult asthma goes untreated, it can result in an even greater loss of lung capacity.
Because of adult asthma and/or complications along with it or other conditions in addition to it, you may be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. You may have put in a claim for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits with the Social Security Administration for the financial assistance that you need.
If your claim was rejected and you would like to know what you can do now, you can get help here. Complete a free evaluation form and begin the disability benefits process.
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