Finding Providers

We found 2 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Platinum near Chicago Heights, IL.

James R Hunter Jr MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
(708) 957-7468; (708) 798-2950

Dr. James Hunter is a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Orland Park, IL, Flossmoor, IL, and Highland Park, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of asthma and allergies. He is an in-network provider for Viant, TRICARE, Humana HMO, and more. Dr. Hunter obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Franciscan Alliance. His practice is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, asthma

Haider Ali Shirazi MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
(708) 747-4000; (708) 756-1000

Dr. Haider Shirazi practices radiation oncology. Dr. Shirazi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Shirazi attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Shirazi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Holy Cross Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). He has an open panel.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Breast, Lung, Prostate, Gynecological Cancers, and Brain Tumors.


Conditions / Treatments


Medicare Patient Age

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity


Foreign Language

Online Communication

Patient Demographic

Practice Affiliation


Medical School



Years Since Graduation

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.