We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept HealthSmart near Grayslake, IL.

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Dr. Oren Joshua Lakser M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
1475 E. Belvedere Road
Grayslake, IL
 

Dr. Oren Lakser's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Lakser's clinical interests encompass lung problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Lakser is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Problems

Sean B. Smith, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1475 E Belvidere Road; Suite 185 Pavilion C
Grayslake, IL
 

Dr. Sean Smith is a general practitioner, intensivist, and pulmonologist in Lake Forest, IL, Glenview, IL, and Grayslake, IL. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Mayo Medical School. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. He is especially interested in lung cancer, intensive care, and pleural effusion (water on the lungs). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, pleural effusion (water on the lungs), lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Pleural Effusion, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Endobronchial Ultrasound

Joy L. Coleman, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Radiation Oncology
1475 E. Belvidere Road; Pavilion A: Cancer Center/physical Therapy Building
Grayslake, IL
 

Dr. Joy Coleman is a general practitioner and radiation oncologist in Libertyville, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Grayslake, IL. Dr. Coleman obtained her medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). These areas are among her clinical interests: bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. David Jeffrey Oppenheim M.D.
Specializes in General Pediatrics
36100 N. Brookside Drive; Suite 204
Gurnee, IL
 

Dr. David Oppenheim specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Lincolnshire, IL, Gurnee, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Oppenheim include asthma. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and CIGNA HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Oppenheim takes. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Oppenheim trained at Riley Hospital for Children. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Oppenheim's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Asthma

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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