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We found 6 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Consumer Health Network near Forked River, NJ.

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

Dr. Raquel Empedrad is a specialist in allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Empedrad include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Empedrad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Dr. Empedrad obtained Dr. Empedrad's medical school training at Cebu Institute of Medicine and Cebu Doctors' University College of Medicine and performed Dr. Empedrad's residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Empedrad takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. George Belecanech specializes in adult allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Belecanech's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Dr. Belecanech is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized as a "Top Doc" by South Jersey Magazine.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marc Goldstein practices adult allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Goldstein's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Courier Post's 2008 Best of South Jersey Doctors; and Recognized in Delaware Valley Consumers 2007 Best Doctors.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Donald Dvorin's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Dr. Dvorin's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. He attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then went on to complete his residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center, Stratford and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Dvorin average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Irene Haralabatos is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Haralabatos is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for her residency. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nancy Gordon is a specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Gordon's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), conjunctivitis (pink eye), and contact dermatitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Virtua Memorial, and Allergic Disease Associates. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gordon takes. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital.

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

All Interests: Eczema, Conjunctivitis, Contact Dermatitis, Hoarseness, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

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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.