We found 2 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Health Net HSP near Los Angeles, CA.

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Peck Yeow Ong MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Peck Ong is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include immunodeficiency, asthma, and atopic dermatitis. Dr. Ong is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He trained at White Memorial Medical Center for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ong is conversant in Mandarin. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, Asthma, Food Allergy

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
average rating 4.52 stars (9 ratings)
1200 N State Street; Ird 620
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Robin Solymanijam specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Solymanijam's areas of expertise include the following: primary care, sleep disorders, and asthma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Solymanijam graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Solymanijam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Primary Care, Allergies, Acid Reflux, Asthma


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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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