Can I Receive Social Security Disability For Asthma?

Social Security Disability for asthma

Qualifications to Receive Social Security Disability for Asthma

Asthma is listed in the Blue Book under the respiratory system as one of several qualifying conditions for Social Security disability benefits. In order to be eligible for SSD, you must meet the criteria in the book for asthma, which states:

  • You have chronic asthmatic bronchitis and meet the criteria for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or,
  • You have attacks despite of prescribed treatment and you require a doctor’s intervention at least once every two months or six times a year. Additionally, each in-patient hospital stay lasts more than 24 hours to get the asthma under control, and an evaluation period of at least 12 consecutive months must occur to find out how often attacks occur.

If you successfully meet these requirements, you will most likely be approved for SSD.

If you suffer from chronic bronchitis in addition to your asthma, you must have the level of forced expiratory volume that’s required for COPD to be approved. The decision will be based, in part, on your lung function and breathing test results.



Some signs that asthma is worsening include:

  • Regular symptoms become more frequent and problematic
  • The need to use a quick-relief inhaler more often
  • Increased difficulty when trying to breath

Unfortunately, asthma is not something that can be cured, but the symptoms can be managed. It’s also important to note that asthma can change over time, so it’s important to track your symptoms and let you doctor know if you need any adjustments in treatment

It’s imperative to submit all of your medical records pertaining to your asthma, as this is the best form of evidence that you have a disability. Without sufficient medical proof, your SSD claim will be denied. Medical evidence should include documentation of asthma attacks that lead to hospitalizations or emergency room visits, tests results including for spirometry and arterial blood gas studies, a record of each asthmatic episode and what treatment was administered, how well you respond to treatment and that you’re complying with prescribed treatments. The SSA may want medical records dating back to at least one year to prove that you meet the organization’s definition of a disability.

Asthma is a respiratory condition in which the airways become narrow, swell, and produce excess mucus. this can make it difficult to breathe, which may result in coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits for asthma. Some common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Issues sleeping because of coughing, wheezing or breathing trouble
  • Attacks of coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling, wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Shortness of breath

This condition varies for each individual. For some people, it’s a minor problem and more annoying than a serious medical worry. But for others, asthma can be very problematic and interfere with their daily activities. Some people may even experience life-threatening asthma attacks. Asthma can occur for a variety of reasons including exercise, allergies, respiratory infections, stress and genetics. If you experience these or other severe symptoms, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability for asthma.

Consider Professional Assistance

Because applying for SSD can be a time consuming and tricky process, you might want to consider talking with an advocate or attorney who specializes in these types of cases. A lawyer has the expertise and understanding needed to know what the SSA requires in order to approve an SSD claim. If you are unsure of how to begin the process or what you should include, speaking with an advocate can be very helpful.

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