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We found 2 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 near Elgin, IL.

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Daksha Navinchandra Mehta MD, FCCP
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
915 Center Street; Suite 2002
Elgin, IL
(847) 695-5520

Dr. Daksha Mehta works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Elgin, IL, Crystal Lake, IL, and Huntley, IL. Her areas of expertise include pneumonia, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Mercy Health System, and Centegra Health System. Before completing her residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston, Dr. Mehta attended medical school at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Mehta's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehta honors.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema

All Interests: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for example, bronchitis and emphysema, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan James Brongiel MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Primary Care
403 West Irving Park Road
Streamwood, IL
(630) 830-1900

Dr. Alan Brongiel's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Brongiel is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Brongiel attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has received the following distinction: US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Diabetes, COPD


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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.