We found 4 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
680 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Kumar is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kumar include asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kumar takes. Dr. Kumar studied medicine at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Kumar has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with 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: Food Allergy, 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Levy include hospital care. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Rush Children's Hospital.

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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. She works in Evanston, IL, Chicago, IL, and Grayslake, IL. Dr. Trosman is conversant in Russian. She has a special interest in lung problems. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Trosman takes. Dr. Trosman's practice is open to 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 medical specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rubash include hospital care. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Her hospital/clinic 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.