Asthma

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  1. jwizzle11

    jwizzle11 Member

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    Hello. I have a little situation. I have never been diagnosed with Asthma, and I dont have it. I passed my metacholine challenge and it was confirmed by a pulmonologist that I dont have asthma. The only issue is that my doctor has given me an inhaler after the age of 13 to treat me for colds. What will happen?
     
  2. dlee96

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    Nothing, inhalers aren't always meant for asthma. Some are used to treat viral/biological infections. Inhalers are given based on the need.

    However, I assume you are 15-17 in age, but have you had this "cold" since 13? If so, I don't think it's a cold if you constantly need an inhaler for that. Just thoughts
     
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    Yes I am 17, a senior. No I have not had a cold for 4 years. Its just that when I have one, and I get them in the winter cause Im always busy and it catches up to me, my doctor will just give me an inhaler.
     
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    Please don't answer a specific question like the one asked by the OP regarding a health issue and whether it may be a problem being medically qualified.

    You're a soon to be Junior in High School, you have not gone through the application process for either West Point or ROTC. You have not been through the Dodmerb Physical Process and have no idea what will or will not be a problem for an applicant.

    People come here looking for answers, some questions can't be anwered even by those with experience, medical questions are at the top of that list.

    Please don't answer questions you know nothing about, it will only lead to assumptions that are quite often wrong.
     
  5. dlee96

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    His question did not refer to the dodmerb process. And I do know a bit about inhalers, as I have been prescribed them by my doctor. Also I did have a talk with my doctor when I was prescribed my inhaler regarding the results of the dodmerb process (he is familiar with dodmerb). He told me that as long as the inhaler is used for a viral/biological contamination, it's fine. So please Jcleppe, I have cooled my head after my rotc post, but regarding this topic, I have experience and knowledge that I have to share. Next time I will try to include my sources, albeit somewhere professional and certifiable.
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    When it comes to medical questions they will in the end all refer to Dodmerb.

    Your doctor may be familiar with Dodmerb, but unless he/she sits on the review board it is just another opinion. What may have been "Fine" a couple years ago may not be fine today, that's why it is impossible to give any definite answers.

    Your experience and knowledge is based only on your own situation not others. My point is that every medical issue is different and can't be given a blanket answer. I'm not sure why you feel you "Have to share your knowledge" This is a place where you should and hopefully will, ask as many questions as you can and learn as much as you can. The only issue anyone will have with you trying to answer questions like this one is that someone may actually take your word and move in a wrong direction. You have not yet even begun the application process yet, by the time you do things could have changed again.

    There are a lot of people here that can give you good advice, now is the time to soak it all in. Later after you have been through the process you will be in a position to offer guidance to those starting the process.
     
  7. Jcleppe

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    Nobody can tell you if it will be a problem or not.

    When you are sent the Dodmerb Paperwork you will be required to fill out a Medical History Form. When you fill out this form you will be required to list that you have been perscribed an inhaler. The program will send you to a section where you can explain why the inhaler was perscribed. A good idea would be to get a letter from your doctor that states why and what the inhaler was perscribed for. Take this letter to your Dodmerb Physical in case the doctor asks.

    Once your Dodmerb Physical is complete it will be sent in for review. Several things can happen at that point. You could simply be found Qualified, in that case your done. You may be asked for a remedial in which case they will ask for certaing things from your doctor and you. You could be Disqualified and be submitted for a waiver through either WP or ROTC, if this happens you will just need to wait for the waiver results, they can take a while.

    Look at the Dodmerb thread on this board, there is a great "Sticky" Post that explains very well the waiver process, that would be a great thread to post this question.

    Best of Luck.
     

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