Mild allergy induced asthma (again)

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  1. Pulsar99

    Pulsar99 Member

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    I was only ever diagnosed with exertional asthma in kindergarten. It disappeared since then. I have never been diagnosed, but in the past few years I've noticed I've developed mild allergies to cats and sometimes pollen during those particular summers.

    Since it has not been officially diagnosed, what should I put down? Is this the sort of thing that disqualifies people a lot?

    How often are waivers given out?

    What sort of situation would warrant a waiver?
     
  2. navarrotrout

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    You should be fine. I just was just evaluated by Dodmerb and got some mail asking me to send proof that I didn't exhibit asthma symptoms after age 12. I have allergies too, but I was diagnosed. They just want to make sure you are not debilitated by them often. As long as they are controlled by medication, you'll be fine. Remember, you're not the doctor so don't diagnose yourself. If I'm not mistaken, it asks for a diagnosis, and from what I read you don't have one for allergies. Just get those asthma medical records ready to show the examiner or Dodmerb just in case.
     
  3. Pulsar99

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    I recently went on a vacation to very high altitudes (6000-10000msl) I have not had asthma symptoms since I was 7 until this year. I think i got hay fever this summer because I had an ongoing cough and allergies. It was also the first summer I had ever had a n even minor asthma reaction to some allergens since 1st grade. Anyway, I have been getting some exercise induced astma from trying to run at these high altitudes on vacation. It may be the cold dry air. I'm used to the humid east coast.

    Does it look like I am developing asthma that will completely disqualify me?
     
  4. navarrotrout

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    If your doctor hasn't diagnosed you, as far as Dodmerb is concerned, you don't have it. Like you said, it might be the altitude and dryness. It's a killer. You need over a week to just acclimate to high altitudes. If it's a problem when you get back home, then maybe see a doctor.
     
  5. Pulsar99

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    I'm trying to figure out if my ongoing cough is bronchitis, a manifestation of hay fever, asthma, or actually acid reflux. I had a little acid reflux as a baby and never considered that until recently as I get cramps easily from eating greasy or large amounts if food. I had/may still have an ongoing cough since July. The cough and asthma still come back only when I am lying down on my back. I am so afraid I am developing something in my junior year that will disqualify me. I would like to get a spirometry test and allergy test done but I am afraid that i am just freaking out over a summer virus and that they will see that on my record and then it would disappear or that I will be diagnosed with asthma and it really was a manifestation of something else.

    Also, I wasn't sure how this would look on my record, but I had a balance/inner ear test done three years ago. I had been experiencing some slight dizziness but a checked out perfectly and haven't had any symptoms since. That initially was a complication but was absolutely fine after it was explained when I got my third class medical for my private pilots license.
     
  6. Pulsar99

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    Does mild acid reflux disqualify you?
     
  7. kinnem

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    I'd be more worried about becoming qualified than the "maybe" things that might disqualify you. Worrying about things you don't know is a waste of time. You can cross the bridge if and when you need to.

    I can't speak to whether acid re-flux will disqualify you. I do know that it can lead to more serious things like Barrett's esophagus and cancer of the esophagus. If you have acid re-flux other than when you over-eat, then I'd look into it and get it treated if necessary.
     

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