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

Dr. Sean Bernard Smith, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1475 E. Belvidere Road, Pavilion A; #301
Grayslake, IL

Dr. Sean Smith specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include lung cancer, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Mayo Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Smith has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Endobronchial Ultrasound

Dr. Oren Joshua Lakser, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1475 E. Belvedere Road
Grayslake, IL

Dr. Oren Lakser is a pediatric pulmonologist in Forest, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Chicago, IL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lung problems. Dr. Lakser is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Lakser speaks Hebrew. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Outpatient Care, Borderline Personality Disorder, Lung Problems, Chronic Cough, Asthma

Dr. Irina O Trosman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Sleep Medicine
1475 E. Belvidere Rd. (rte. 120)
Grayslake, IL

Dr. Irina Trosman's area of specialization is pediatric sleep medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lung problems. Dr. Trosman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma, Insomnia, Allergies

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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.