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 is an adult allergist and immunologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Titi include asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). Dr. Titi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Asthma & Allergy Center, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Lancaster General Health. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Titi attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Titi trained at York Hospital.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaufman accepts. Dr. Kaufman attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. 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

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

Dr. Stephen Lockey's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise consist of asthma, sinus problems, and hives (uritcaria). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lockey accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Lockey is affiliated with 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 has a special interest in asthma, sleep apnea, and insomnia. She is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Ms. Diperna honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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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