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Bronchiectasis and Social Security Disability Benefits
Bronchiectasis is a condition that can be either congenital (present at birth) or acquired (established late in life) and involves the damage and widening of airways. The illness is usually a result of progressive or recurrent inflammation of the airways. This inflammation can be caused by infection or even from breathing in food particles while eating, on a regular basis. Symptoms advance over time and include chronic cough, fatigue, off-color skin (paleness or bluish skin), wheezing, and weight loss.
The difficulty breathing sufferers of bronchiectasis experience can be very cumbersome. It is also very easy to irritate the condition; the factors include dust, smoke, and even prolonged physical activity.
Bronchiectasis and Social Security Disability Help
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 3.07, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
3.07 Bronchiectasis (demonstrated by appropriate imaging techniques). With:
- Impairment of pulmonary function due to extensive disease. Evaluate under the appropriate criteria in 3.02; or
- Episodes of bronchitis or pneumonia or hemoptysis (more than blood-streaked sputum) or respiratory failure (documented according to 3.00C), requiring physician intervention, occurring at least once every 2 months or at least six times a year. Each inpatient hospitalization for longer than 24 hours for treatment counts as two episodes, and an evaluation of at least 12 consecutive months must be used to determine the frequency of episodes.
Fatigue caused by the constant shortness of breath can make work difficult for the individual suffering from bronchiectasis. The environmental limitations can also inhibit the person in their day to day work. An irritation of the condition can obstruct breathing altogether.
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