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We found 5 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Kumar's area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma and allergies. Dr. Kumar honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Allergies, Food Allergy, Asthma

Dr. Ruchi S Gupta, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Ruchi Gupta is a general pediatrician in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta obtained her medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Gupta accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Eczema, Research, Food Allergy, Academic General Pediatrics, Asthma

Dr. Noah P Levy, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1044 N Francisco Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Noah Levy is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Levy attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Rush Children's Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hospital care. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hospital Care, Asthma

Dr. Irina O Trosman, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Irina Trosman's area of specialization is sleep medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Trosman trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Trosman has indicated that her clinical interests include lung problems. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Trosman is conversant in Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Trosman's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma, Insomnia, Allergies

Dr. Tabitha Jane Rubash, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tabitha Rubash works as a hospitalist in Arlington Heights, IL and Chicago, IL. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hospital care. Dr. Rubash is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She obtained her medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Hospital Care, Newborn Care, 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.