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We found 2 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Englewood, CO.

Dr. Gail A Albertson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8111 E. Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO
 

Dr. Gail Albertson's specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Albertson include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), menopause, and migraine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and the University Physicians.

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Dr. Scott Merenstein, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
8190 E 1st Avenue; #100
Denver, CO
 

Dr. Scott Merenstein specializes in general pediatrics. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. His clinical interests include asthma and general care. Patients rated Dr. Merenstein highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians.

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All Interests: Allergies, General 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.