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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's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Before completing his residency at York Hospital, Dr. Titi attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In Dr. Titi's practice, he is particularly interested in asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). He honors United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He is affiliated with Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. Dr. Titi has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Lancaster, PA, Lebanon, PA, and York, PA. On average, patients gave Dr. Kaufman a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate. Before completing his residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Kaufman attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kaufman's professional affiliations include Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 sees patients in Lancaster, PA, Stevens, PA, and Lebanon, PA. His medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. The average patient rating for Dr. Lockey is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). He takes United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lockey graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. He is open to new patients.

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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 consist of asthma, sleep apnea, and insomnia. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry. She is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Ms. Diperna is accepting 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.