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We found 20 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept WellPoint near Plainfield, IL.

Dr. Tara Elizabeth Jackson, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Tara Doman's area of specialization is general pediatrics. In addition to English, Dr. Doman speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Doman obtained her medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Dr. Timothy Robert Wall, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Wall is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Wall speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Wall average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wall takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Linda Carol Hamilton, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street.; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Linda Hamilton specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Hamilton's areas of expertise include the following: abuse, newborn care, and nutrition counseling. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Hamilton trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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Dr. Laura Marie Uselding, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Laura Uselding specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uselding include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Uselding is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Uselding's training includes a residency program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

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Dr. Thomas J Van Osdol, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 225 Building B
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Van Osdol, who practices in Glen Ellyn, IL, Naperville, IL, and Plainfield, IL, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Van Osdol is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For his residency, Dr. Van Osdol trained at Maricopa Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Eczema, Food Allergy, Asthma

Dr. Nancy Thomas Thomas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Nancy Thomas' specialty is general pediatrics. Her clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Thomas honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Dr. Kristine Noel Liberty, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W. 127th Street
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Kristine Liberty works as a general pediatrician. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Liberty accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Liberty's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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Dr. Steven Matthew Kovar, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W. 127th Street
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Steven Kovar is a pediatrician. Patients gave Dr. Kovar an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kovar include obesity, newborn care, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Dr. Kovar attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Obesity, Newborn Care, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. David J Knysak, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
24600 W. 127th Street, Building B; Suite 110
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. David Knysak's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. He has a special interest in infections, asthma, and sinus problems. Dr. Knysak's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Knysak's training includes a residency program at Jewish General Hospital.

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All Interests: Hives, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Nose Problems, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

Dr. Jihad Izzat Shoshara, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Jihad Shoshara is a general pediatrician in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Bolingbrook, IL. Dr. Shoshara's education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. His areas of expertise include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shoshara (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Shoshara is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Shelly Flais is a pediatrician in Naperville, IL, West Chicago, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Dr. Flais's areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. Dr. Flais is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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Dr. Jerome O Gronli, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W. 127th Street; #135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Jerome Gronli's specialty is general pediatrics. These areas are among Dr. Gronli's clinical interests: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Gronli speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Dr. Nithya Sunder, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Nithya Sunder sees patients in Naperville, IL, Bolingbrook, IL, and West Chicago, IL. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Sunder speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sunder include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Sunder takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Sofia Shakir, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 W. 127th Street; #135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Sofia Shakir specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Shakir (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. Dr. Shakir's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Shakir attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Rebecca Kathryn Smeraglinolo, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24600 West 127th Street; Suite 135
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Smeraglinolo is a general pediatrician. Her clinical interests include abuse, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and newborn care. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Smeraglinolo studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She trained at Rush University Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Smeraglinolo is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Dr. Claudia J Vera, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
644 S Weber Road
Romeoville, IL
 

Dr. Claudia Vera's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Vera's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vera attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She speaks Spanish.

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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.