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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Raquel Empedrad is an allergy & immunology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Empedrad include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Empedrad accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Before completing her residency at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Empedrad attended medical school at Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ear Infection, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. George A Belecanech, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. George Belecanech is a specialist in allergy & immunology. These areas are among Dr. Belecanech's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Dr. Belecanech has received the following distinction: Recognized as a "Top Doc" by South Jersey Magazine. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ear Infection, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc F Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Marc Goldstein is an allergy & immunology specialist. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Goldstein trained at Hahnemann University Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Goldstein include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Courier Post's 2008 Best of South Jersey Doctors; and Recognized in Delaware Valley Consumers 2007 Best Doctors. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ear Infection, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald J Dvorin, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Donald Dvorin is an allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Dvorin's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital. After attending Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school, he completed his residency training at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Dvorin has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ear Infection, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Contact ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Nancy Gordon is an allergy & immunology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Gordon's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Gordon is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ear Infection, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. Irene C Haralabatos, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Irene Haralabatos' area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Dr. Haralabatos graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Haralabatos include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haralabatos accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Ear Infection, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. Juen Kim, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. Juen Kim's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Dr. Kim's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna, Aetna Bronze, and Aetna HSA. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at Spectrum Health. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Rhinitis, Ear Infection, Allergies, Sinusitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
422 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ
 

Dr. David Larosa's specialty is allergy & immunology. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Larosa include sinusitis (sinus infection), emphysema, and asthma. He is in-network for Aetna, Aetna Bronze, Aetna HSA, and more. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.
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