We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Rajesh Kumar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
680 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, who practices in Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. He has a special interest in asthma. Dr. Kumar takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He has received the distinction of 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: Wheezing, Food Allergy, Asthma

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

Dr. Noah Levy's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Levy has indicated that his clinical interests include hospital care. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Rush Children's Hospital for his residency. Dr. Levy's 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 Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Irina Trosman is a specialist in sleep medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Trosman speaks Russian. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lung problems. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Trosman attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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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 is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). She works in Arlington Heights, IL and Chicago, IL. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, Dr. Rubash completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubash include hospital care. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with 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.
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