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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7940 Johnson Avenue
Glenarden, MD
 

Dr. Mark Gosnell is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is especially interested in sleep disorders. Dr. Gosnell's professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gosnell trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Gosnell accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Intensive Care, Lung Problems

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Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1221 Mercantile Lane
Largo, MD
 

Dr. Amit Patel's specialties are sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests encompass lung problems. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital and Virginia Hospital Center. Dr. Patel is in-network for Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Patel speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Lung Problems

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1221 Mercantile Lane
Largo, MD
 

Dr. Paul Kleinow practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Largo, MD. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Kleinow completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Intensive Care, Lung Problems

Dr. Gerard H Harris, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
12158 Central Avenue
Mitchellville, MD
 

Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gerard Harris include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Dr. Harris's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at Washington Hospital Center. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Colorectal Cancer, Asthma

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Specializes in Other, Adult Allergy & Immunology
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD
 

Dr. Stefano Luccioli's area of specialization is adult allergy & immunology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in allergies. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Luccioli attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Luccioli has received distinctions including Staff Recognition Award, NIAID/ NIH and Outstanding Service Award, FDA. Dr. Luccioli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
12158 Central Avenue
Mitchellville, MD
 

Dr. Sampson Sarpong works as an allergist/immunologist in Glenn Dale, MD, Beltsville, MD, and Glendale, MD. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana Medical School. In his practice, Dr. Sarpong focuses on asthma, sinus problems, and allergies. Dr. Sarpong's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sarpong is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Asthma, Sinus Problems, 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.