We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Rajesh Kumar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
680 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Rajesh Kumar's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. He studied medicine at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kumar include asthma. Dr. Kumar takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Kumar is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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All Interests: Wheezing, Food Allergy, Asthma

Dr. Noah P Levy, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1044 N Francisco Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Noah Levy is a general pediatrician in Chicago, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and Darien, IL. Dr. Levy's clinical interests encompass hospital care. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Rush Children's Hospital. Dr. Levy's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hospital Care, Asthma

Dr. Irina O Trosman, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Irina Trosman's medical specialty is sleep medicine. Dr. Trosman is especially interested in lung problems. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Trosman speaks Russian.

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All Interests: Lung Problems, Obesity, Asthma, Insomnia, Allergies, Chronic Illness

Dr. Tabitha Jane Rubash, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Hospital Medicine
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tabitha Rubash is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. Rubash has indicated that her clinical interests include hospital care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Hospital Care, Newborn Care, 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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