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We found 3 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Irvine, CA.

Dr. Donald S Levy, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA

Dr. Donald Levy is a specialist in allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise consist of asthma and food allergy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Dr. Levy performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Levy has received include Richard L. Day, MD, Master Teacher Award in Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NY; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and PIH Health.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Allergies, Hives, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Hereditary ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 708
Irvine, CA

Dr. Bruce Friedman practices pediatric allergy & immunology in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Friedman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Friedman's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Friedman has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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All Interests: Eczema, Bronchitis, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Dr. Rhonda Jan Myers, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
4902 Irvine Center Drive; Suite 108
Irvine, CA

Dr. Rhonda Myers' area of specialization is adult allergy & immunology. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Myers is especially interested in hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and hives (uritcaria). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans. She attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Myers trained at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for residency. Dr. Myers (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Hives, Hay Fever, Asthma



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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.