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

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

Dr. Mark Titi works as an allergist and immunologist. Dr. Titi attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at York Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Titi include asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). He honors United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. His 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. Clark Robert Kaufman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Other
75 West Church Street
Stevens, PA
 

Dr. Clark Kaufman is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaufman's areas of clinical interest consist of asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaufman welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and 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 is an allergist and immunologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Lockey include asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). Patient ratings for Dr. Lockey average 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lockey accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He is professionally affiliated with Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lockey's office for an appointment.

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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 is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Diperna's professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She welcomes 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.
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