Asthma and Allergy: Social Security Disability
Asthma Could Turn into a Life-Threatening Disability
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease of the bronchial tubes. These inflamed airways to the lungs swell, making it difficult to breathe. Attacks of breathlessness, tight chest, wheezing and coughing can be triggered by allergens, or non-allergic causes such as cold air, exercise or stress.
There is no cure for asthma and it can develop in a person at any age. Though asthma can usually be controlled with medications, for some people, asthma can severely affect quality of life and become disabling and possibly life-threatening.
Asthma is listed as one of the Social Security Administration’s disabling medical conditions in the respiratory system category. For people who experience severe and frequent asthma attacks that interfere with their ability to work at any job for 12 months or longer, they could prove their eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, this chronic disease affects 20 million Americans and every day:
- 40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma
- 30,000 people have an asthma attack
- 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma
- 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma
- 11 people die from asthma
Helpful Resources for People with Asthma
Freedom Disability helps people with respiratory disabilities such as asthma, apply for and win Social Security Disability benefits. We also provide information on additional resources to further help our claimants.
About The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
*The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a leading national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergy diseases through education, advocacy and research.
AAFA participates in a number of special programs ranging from corporate sponsored education campaigns, government funded health care initiatives, co-op nonprofit projects and more.
They offer educational programs and tools for patients, caregivers, and health professionals that are recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as potentially effective educational interventions. A national network of nine regional chapters provide services, educational programs and educational support groups to help parents, young people and adults cope with challenges related to asthma.
*information source: www.aafa.org.