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

Dr. Mark Gosnell's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Gosnell performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gosnell include sleep disorders. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Gosnell's professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He welcomes 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 is a specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. Dr. Patel is especially interested in lung problems. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital and Virginia Hospital Center. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Patel attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to English, 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 is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Kleinow's medical residency was performed at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital. Dr. Kleinow welcomes 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
 

Dr. Gerard Harris' average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harris's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. He takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Washington Hospital Center. He is affiliated with MedStar Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult allergy & immunology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in allergies. Dr. Luccioli is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Luccioli has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Luccioli attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: Staff Recognition Award, NIAID/ NIH and Outstanding Service Award, FDA. Dr. Luccioli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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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 is an allergy & immunology specialist in Glenn Dale, MD, Beltsville, MD, and Glendale, MD. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sarpong include asthma, sinus problems, and allergies. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School. He is 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.