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I am 27 years old. By my age would a person definitely know if they have asthma or not? I never had any attacks and never had wheezing. I have had tightness when breathing, but it never hindered my ability to breath. The tightness can be my anxiety issues more than likely. But I digress. As I asked would a person definitely know they have asthma by age 27?

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Hi Dustin,
 The determination of a asthma is made in a physicians office, preferentially an allergist, who would do a complete history is well lung function testing. You are correct that anxiety may cause the tightness that you are feeling. But that, in and of itself, would not be a diagnostic indicator. It would be very helpful for the doctor, if you could note the activity you were doing, or the surroundings you were in, such as someone's home with dogs or cats, or a work environment that may have chemical vapors.
 I suggest after writing down then information, you do make an appointment with allergist to fully evaluate what is happening to you. Then hopefully, you will have the correct answer. With that information, then the doctor can give you guidance on how best to minimize the risk of it occurring.
  Hope this helps. If you have any further questions, feel free to get back to me.

Sincerely,

Marc

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Marc Rubin, RPh Asthma Educator

Expertise

I have worked directly with patients as well as caregivers for over 30 years. Have made presentations throughout Illinois educating school nurses as well as the teaching and coaching staff of public schools about asthma, and how they should respond to these students needs. Presented a public education program on asthma through the US Department of Public Health. Specialize in helping guide asthmatic patients to take control of their disease in order to live a near-normal, fully active life.

Experience

Practicing pharmacist for 40 years, specializing in asthma and COPD for 12 years. Developed nationwide education to nurses, teachers and athletic coaches regarding asthma and exercise induced bronchospasm. In addition, and closer to home. my daughter has asthma, and my son has exercise induced bronchospasm. In addition, I serve on the boards and committees of a number of asthma organizations: Sports, Exercise and Fitness Committee of AAAAI, Population Health Committee and Sports Medicine Committee of ACAAI, Sports Medicine Committee of the World Allergy Association. Board of Directors of the Chicago Asthma Consortium, Board of Directors of the Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, as well as the advisory board of a medical education company, Emmi Solutions. Directly involved in the creation of public education programs for asthma, COPD and diabetes.

Organizations
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Sports Medicine Committee, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Population Health Committee and Sports Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society. World Allergy Association, Chicago Asthma Consortium / Professional Development Committee, Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago: Development Committee for AE-C prep class, and presenter.

Publications
AAAAI PowerPoint on the new guidelines for EIB (Exercise Induced Bronchospasm), AAAAI Powerpoint on Asthma in School Setting for Teachers and Coaches, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Transition guide for teens with food allergies or asthma going out of the home to live independantly.

Education/Credentials
BScPharm, RPh, (NAECB Certified asthma educator in 2002), NIPCO Certified Respiratory Care Pharmacist

Past/Present Clients
Emmi Solutions, Chicago Next Level Health, Chicago

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