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

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Luis Torero's specialties are pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care. Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. His clinical interests encompass cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Torero attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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). Dr. Williamson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Williamson trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
9939 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Ayman Rawda works as a general pediatrician. Dr. Rawda attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. His clinical interests include cancer and blood disorders. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Viant. In addition to English, Dr. Rawda (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Rawda's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
6700 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Hassan Alzein works as a general pediatrician. Dr. Alzein's clinical interests encompass newborn care. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Alzein trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Allergies, Newborn Care, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2800 West 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL
 

Dr. Evan McLeod is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. McLeod performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of particular interest for Dr. McLeod include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McLeod has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
6134 S Harlem Avenue
Summit, IL
 

Dr. Dilip Shah specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Shah is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Anoscopy, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Asthma, Fatigue, Blood Pressure Problems, Cancer ... (Read more)

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. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. These areas are among his clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shahbain's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Before performing his residency at West Suburban Medical Center, Dr. Shahbain attended Ross University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shahbain has an open panel.

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All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Fatigue, Blood Pressure Problems, Cancer Screening, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4340 W 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Eugene Muzykansky's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Muzykansky's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He attended medical school at Odessa State Medical University. Dr. Muzykansky (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Sclerotherapy, Fibromyalgia, Spider Veins, Sexual ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
7456 S State Road; Suite 302
Bedford Park, IL
 

Dr. John McMahan's medical specialty is otolaryngic allergy. His areas of expertise include the following: immunotherapy, somnoplasty, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McMahan honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. McMahan attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Rhinoplasty, Immunotherapy, Sinus Problems, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
Lagrange, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Hunter-Smith specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in La Grange, IL. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Hunter-Smith accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Hunter-Smith's professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arthritis, Sexuality, ... (Read more)

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Nelson include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Nelson is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson (or staff) speaks German and Italian.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Daphne Tessalee is a family practitioner. These areas are among Dr. Tessalee's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Tessalee's professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow Springs S; Pavilion 2nd Floor
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Swoyer's medical specialty is family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Swoyer attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Swoyer is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Sclerotherapy, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Spider Veins, ... (Read more)

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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.
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