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

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

Dr. Donald Levy works as an allergist/immunologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Levy include asthma and food allergy. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kings County Hospital Center. He has received distinctions including 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 is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and PIH Health.

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

Dr. Bruce Friedman is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Friedman's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Friedman honors. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Friedman trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Friedman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Rhonda Myers is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology. She works in Irvine, CA. Dr. Myers (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and hives (uritcaria). Dr. Myers is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for residency. Dr. Myers's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Myers accepts.

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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.
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