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We found 13 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Oak Lawn, IL.

Dr. Luis E Torero, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Luis Torero's areas of specialization are pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torero honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Torero attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Torero is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Ayman Rawda, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
9939 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Ayman Rawda's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rawda include cancer and blood disorders. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rawda honors. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rawda completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Rawda (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Immunization, Circumcision, Allergies, Blood Disorders, Obesity, Cancer, Asthma

Dr. Wayne Crispus Williamson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
11600 S Kedzie Avenue; Suite K
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Wayne Williamson is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Williamson takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Williamson's office for an appointment. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma

Dr. Evan George McLeod, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2800 West 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Evan McLeod's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Evergreen Park, IL. Dr. McLeod's areas of expertise include the following: asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. McLeod accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. McLeod has an open panel.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Sleep Apnea, Asthma

Dr. Hassan Alzein, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
6700 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Hassan Alzein's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Alzein graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of expertise include newborn care. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alzein honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Alzein's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Allergies, Newborn Care, Asthma

Dr. Dilip M Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
6134 S Harlem Avenue
Summit, IL
 

Dr. Dilip Shah practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah graduated from Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Eugene A Muzykansky, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4340 W 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Eugene Muzykansky sees patients in Oak Lawn, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from Odessa State Medical University. Dr. Muzykansky's areas of expertise include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Muzykansky (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Polish, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Shahbain, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12508 S. Harlem Avenue Building C; 12508 S. Harlem Avenue, Building C
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Abdul-Hamid Shahbain's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is conversant in Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahbain include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at West Suburban Medical Center. Dr. Shahbain is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Daniel G Hunter Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
Lagrange, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Hunter-Smith's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in La Grange, IL. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Hunter-Smith is professionally affiliated with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Dr. John T McMahan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
7456 S State Road; Suite 302
Bedford Park, IL
 

Dr. John McMahan is a medical specialist in otolaryngic allergy. Patient ratings for Dr. McMahan average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. McMahan include immunotherapy, somnoplasty, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Dr. McMahan's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. Dr. McMahan is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program.

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Dr. William L Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. William Nelson sees patients in La Grange, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Nelson is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and Italian. He is affiliated with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Daphne S Tessalee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Daphne Tessalee practices family medicine in La Grange, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tessalee takes. Dr. Tessalee graduated from Rush Medical College. Her professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Jennifer W Swoyer, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Swoyer's area of specialization is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Swoyer include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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.