We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Stevens, PA.

Dr. Mark Joseph Titi, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
75 West Church Street
Stevens, PA
 

Dr. Mark Titi works as an adult allergist and immunologist. These areas are among Dr. Titi's clinical interests: asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). His professional affiliations include Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Titi attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at York Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Hives, Sinus Problems, Respiratory Infection, Asthma

Dr. Clark Robert Kaufman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Other
75 West Church Street
Stevens, PA
 

Dr. Clark Kaufman practices pediatric allergy & immunology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). Dr. Kaufman is affiliated with Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. Dr. Kaufman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hives, Sinus Problems, Respiratory Infection, Asthma

Dr. Stephen Daniel Lockey III, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
75 West Church Street
Stevens, PA
 

Dr. Stephen Lockey practices adult allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Lockey average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lockey include asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). Dr. Lockey's professional affiliations include Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. Dr. Lockey accepts United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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All Interests: Hives, Sinus Problems, Respiratory Infection, Asthma

Melanie McGee Diperna
Wellspan Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine; 3440b Rothsville Road
Ephrata, PA
 

Ms. Melanie Diperna's areas of expertise include the following: asthma, sleep apnea, and insomnia. Ms. Diperna takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Insomnia

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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.