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We found 23 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Newton, MA.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 570
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aidan Long sees patients in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. His medical specialty is allergy & immunology. These areas are among his clinical interests: immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Long graduated from the University College Cork, College of Medicine and Health. He trained at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Long (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He also offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Allergy Associates and Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Richard Galgano specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Galgano attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He has a special interest in high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. Dr. Galgano offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Galgano's practice 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. Jordan E Scott, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 6th Floor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Jordan Scott sees patients in Leominster, MA and Boston, MA. His medical specialty is allergy & immunology. These areas are among his clinical interests: immunotherapy, drug allergy, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Scott graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Scott has an open panel.

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

Dr. Steven M Matloff, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
230 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Steven Matloff's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma, food allergy, and rhinitis. Dr. Matloff is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Matloff (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Dr. Matloff's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Food Allergy, Rhinitis, Asthma

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 570
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Ellen Dutta works as an adult allergist and immunologist in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Dutta include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dutta accepts. Dr. Dutta graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Dutta completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Dutta is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Taylor Monica is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Monica is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma. The average patient rating for Dr. Monica is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Monica takes Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and more. He speaks Sign Language. His professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston Children's Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Monica welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Johnson Tai Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
One Washington Street
Wellesley, MA
 

Dr. Johnson Wong's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Wong attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include immunodeficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and asthma. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wong takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He speaks Chinese. Dr. Wong's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Hives, Dermatitis, Cough, Asthma

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

Dr. Julie Stepanian specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Somerville, MA and Watertown, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stepanian include adolescent issues and asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stepanian takes. Before performing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Stepanian attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Stepanian's distinctions include: Dean'S Award For Service - Chicago and Medical School. She is professionally affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston Children's Hospital, and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Alternative Medicine, Asthma

Dr. Ahmet Z Uluer, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Adult Pulmonology
300 Longwood Avenue; Farley, 4th Floor, Division of Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Ahmet Uluer is a pediatric pulmonologist and adult pulmonologist in Boston, MA. Dr. Uluer (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Uluer's areas of expertise consist of pneumonia, asthma, and cough. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Uluer has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Cough, 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's areas of specialization are pediatric allergy and allergy & immunology; he sees patients in Boston, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Oettgen include immunodeficiency, immunotherapy, and drug allergy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Oettgen performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Oettgen has received the following distinctions: American Academy Of Allergy And Immunology; Education and Research Trust Award; and Pew Scholar In The Biomedical Sciences. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Children's Hospital Boston. He has an open panel.

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Joshua Boyce sees patients in Boston, MA, Newton, MA, and Chestnut Hill, MA. His medical specialties are pediatric pulmonology and allergy & immunology. He attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Boyce trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Boyce focuses on asthma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Boyce has received the following distinctions: Boston Super Doctors; Mass. Gen Hospital Pediatric House Staff AW.; and Outstanding Teaching 1997: Glaxo Welcome Clinical. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Boyce's professional affiliations include Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and UMass Memorial Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Jonathan M Gaffin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jonathan Gaffin's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and asthma. He takes Coventry, First Health, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Gaffin completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Gaffin offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Cough, Pneumonia, Asthma

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Perdita Permaul works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Boston, MA, Braintree, MA, and Newton, MA. Dr. Permaul graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her clinical interests include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and food allergy. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Permaul is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Food Allergy, Primary Immunodeficiency, Hay Fever, Asthma

Dr. Martha P Fishman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Martha Fishman is a pediatric pulmonologist. Dr. Fishman speaks Spanish. Dr. Fishman's areas of expertise consist of cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and asthma. Dr. Fishman is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Dr. Fishman is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Children's Hospital Boston's residency program. Dr. Fishman takes several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fishman include: Janeway Scholar Fellowship Award 1994-96 and Juvenile Diabetes Fellowship Award. Dr. Fishman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Boston, MA
 

Dr. R. Harris practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harris include asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and interstitial lung disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Harris attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Harris include: Boston Super Doctors; Teacher of the Year; and MICU Teaching Award. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, Asthma, Acute Respiratory ... (Read more)

Dr. Martin David Broff, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
300 Longwood Avenue; Fegan, 6th Floor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Martin Broff is a physician who specializes in allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include immunotherapy, drug allergy, and asthma. Great-West Healthcare, Coventry, and First Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Broff takes. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Broff include: Boston Super Doctors and President, New England Society of Allergy 1995-96.. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, South Shore Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunotherapy, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Food Allergy, 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.