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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 works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Chicago, IL. His areas of expertise consist of asthma and allergies. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kumar accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kumar studied medicine at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 works as a pediatrician in Chicago, IL. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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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's medical specialty is general pediatrics. His clinical interests include hospital care. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levy honors. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rush Children's Hospital. His professional 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 Pediatric Sleep Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Irina Trosman is a pediatric sleep medicine specialist in Evanston, IL, Chicago, IL, and Grayslake, IL. Dr. Trosman's areas of expertise include lung problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. 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. She has an open panel.

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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. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Rubash completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubash include hospital care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rubash honors. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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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.