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We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept HealthSmart near Grayslake, IL.

Sean Bernard Smith MD
Specializes in Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine), Adult Pulmonology
1475 E. Belvidere Road, Pavilion A; #301
Grayslake, IL
(847) 735-8550; (847) 724-4536

Dr. Sean Smith practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise consist of lung cancer, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Mayo Medical School and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Critical Care, Endobronchial Ultrasound, Lung Cancer, Lung Nodules, Pleural Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Oren Joshua Lakser MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1475 E. Belvedere Road
Grayslake, IL
(312) 227-6260; (312) 227-1010

Dr. Oren Lakser sees patients in Forest, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lakser include lung problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He speaks Hebrew. Dr. Lakser's professional 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 his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Asthma, chronic cough, exercise tolerance, vocal chord dysfunction, bronchoscopy, chronic lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Irina O Trosman MD
Specializes in Pediatric Sleep Medicine
1475 E. Belvidere Rd. (Rte. 120)
Grayslake, IL
(847) 674-3600; (312) 227-6740

Dr. Irina Trosman specializes in pediatric sleep medicine and practices in Evanston, IL, Chicago, IL, and Grayslake, IL. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lung problems. Dr. Trosman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Trosman attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She speaks Russian. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Trosman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep disorders associated with obesity, asthma, allergies and other chronic illnesses; pediatric ... (Read more)


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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.