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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Aidan Long is an allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Long (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His clinical interests include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. His professional affiliations include Allergy Associates and Massachusetts General Hospital. He attended the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Long has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Nasal Polyps, Dermatitis, Angioedema, Cough, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
55 Fruit Street; Cox Building
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Hamilos is an allergist and immunologist in Boston, MA. Dr. Hamilos graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hamilos trained at Duke University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hamilos at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Performance By A Junior Medical Student In Clinical Rotations; 1973-b.s. Degree Conferred With Highest Honors; and 1969-Edmund James Scholar, Univ Of Illinois. Dr. Hamilos (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Nasal Polyps, Dermatitis, Angioedema, Cough, Asthma

Dr. Steven M Matloff, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
291 Independence Drive
Chestnut Hill, MA
 

Dr. Steven Matloff works as an allergist and immunologist. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Matloff include asthma, food allergy, and rhinitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Matloff (or staff) is conversant in Sign Language, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Atrius Health. Dr. Matloff has an open panel.

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All Interests: Food Allergy, Rhinitis, Asthma

Dr. Jordan E Scott, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 6th Floor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jordan Scott is a specialist in allergy & immunology. He works in Leominster, MA and Boston, MA. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Scott include immunotherapy, drug allergy, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is professionally affiliated with Winchester Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Scott attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Coventry, Aetna, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Scott's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunotherapy, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Food Allergy, Hay Fever, Asthma

Dr. David Stephen Green, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
133 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
 

Dr. David Green's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: extended care facilities and asthma. Patient ratings for Dr. Green average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Green takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Clinician of the Year, Central Middlesex District of Mass Medical Society and Physician of the Year, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Dr. Green's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Atrius Health. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Extended Care Facilities, Asthma

Dr. Richard Charles Galgano, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Richard Galgano practices general internal medicine in Watertown, MA. He studied medicine at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Galgano trained at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Galgano include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Galgano is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Galgano takes. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Atrius Health, and Mount Auburn Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Overuse Injuries, Hypertension, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Taylor H Monica, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
230 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Taylor Monica works as a pediatrician in Wellesley Hills, MA and Boston, MA. On average, patients gave Dr. Monica a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Atrius Health, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Monica attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Monica speaks Sign Language.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Julie Lopes Stepanian, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
485 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA
 

Dr. Julie Stepanian specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Stepanian's clinical interests encompass adolescent issues and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Atrius Health, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Tufts Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Stepanian takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Dean'S Award For Service - Chicago Medical School. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Alternative Medicine, Asthma

Dr. James A Maclean, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy, Adult Allergy & Immunology
55 Fruit Street; Cox Building
Boston, MA
 

Dr. James Maclean specializes in pediatric allergy and adult allergy & immunology and practices in Boston, MA, Salem, MA, and Danvers, MA. Dr. Maclean graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at International for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: drug allergy, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received distinctions including Faculty Scholar; J.w. Mcconnell Award; and Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Maclean speaks French. His professional affiliations include Beverly Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Allergies, Hives, Food Allergy, Hay Fever, Asthma

Dr. Virginia S Kharasch, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, General Pediatrics
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA
 

Dr. Virginia Kharasch sees patients in Brighton, MA, Waltham, MA, and Boston, MA. Her medical specialties are pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and asthma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Kharasch is in-network for Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kharasch is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and residency at Michael Reese Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She has received professional recognition including the following: Pre-Med Honors Society, Univ Of Phillipines; Pi Gamma Mu, Nat Social Sci Honor Society; and Honors Society Of Phi-Kappa-Phi. In addition to English, Dr. Kharasch (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia, Asthma

Dr. Hans C Oettgen, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy, Allergy & Immunology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 6th Floor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Hans Oettgen practices pediatric allergy and allergy & immunology. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Oettgen attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Oettgen include immunodeficiency, immunotherapy, and drug allergy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care insurance. He has received distinctions including American Academy Of Allergy and Immunology; Education and Research Trust Award; and Pew Scholar In The Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Oettgen speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Oettgen's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Immunodeficiency, Immunotherapy, Atopic Dermatitis, Recurrent Infections, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
55 Fruit Street; Cox 201a
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ellen Dutta is an adult allergy & immunology specialist in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Her clinical interests include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dutta graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Dutta trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Nasal Polyps, Dermatitis, Angioedema, Cough, Asthma

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
55 Fruit Street; Bul 205e
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Timothy Ferris works as a general internist and general pediatrician. His areas of expertise include preventive care and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ferris attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ferris's training includes a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. His distinctions include: Pediatric Scientist Development Award; Nathaniel Bowditch Award; and Socius Award of the National Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Ferris (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ferris is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Asthma

Dr. Martha P Fishman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
300 Longwood Avenue; Farley, 4th Floor, Division of Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Martha Fishman specializes in pediatric pulmonology. In Dr. Fishman's practice, Dr. Fishman is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and asthma. Dr. Fishman's professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fishman accepts. Dr. Fishman is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fishman performed Dr. Fishman's residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fishman include: Janeway Scholar; Fellowship Award; and Juvenile Diabetes Fellowship Award. Dr. Fishman (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Cough, Pneumonia, Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
1101 Beacon Street; Suite 7 East
Brookline, MA
 

Dr. Martin Ostro practices allergy & immunology in Boston, MA and Brookline, MA. In addition to English, he speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Ostro include asthma and hives (uritcaria). He is professionally affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Lowell General Hospital, and Allergy Associates. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Ostro honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boston Super Doctors and Mass Lung Association Volunteer Of The Year. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hives, Asthma

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology
850 Boylston Street; Suite 540
Chestnut Hill, MA
 

Dr. Joshua Boyce's areas of specialization are pediatric pulmonology and allergy & immunology. Dr. Boyce's clinical interests encompass asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Boyce has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Mass. Gen Hospital Pediatric House Staff AW. Outstanding Teaching : Glaxo Welcome Clinical; and Scientist AW. (K08) 1995: Charles P. Hood Found. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, 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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