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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's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Dr. Levy's areas of clinical interest consist of asthma and food allergy. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and PIH Health. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Levy is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. 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.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Friedman's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Friedman's medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His clinical interests include bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Patient ratings for Dr. Friedman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Friedman accepts. 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. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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 adult allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Myers is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and hives (uritcaria). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Myers takes. Before completing her residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Dr. Myers attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Myers (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. She is 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.