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We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Irvine, CA.

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
400 Newport Center Drive; Suite 608
Newport Beach, CA

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a general internist. Dr. Goodman's clinical interests include general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goodman's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Donald Levy is an allergy & immunology specialist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Levy include asthma and food allergy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Levy studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Kings County Hospital Center. His distinctions 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. Dr. Levy's professional affiliations include UC Irvine Health, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and PIH Health.

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Dr. Bruce Fred Friedman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 708
Irvine, CA

Dr. Bruce Friedman is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. He works in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Friedman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Friedman's areas of expertise include the following: bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Friedman is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Friedman include: 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 is an Irvine, CA physician who specializes in adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Myers (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Her clinical interests encompass hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and hives (uritcaria). Dr. Myers is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is a graduate of Albany Medical College and a graduate of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Myers average 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans.

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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.