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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 specialties are pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care. Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Torero's areas of clinical interest consist of 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 performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Torero attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torero takes.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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

Dr. Wayne Williamson specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Williamson graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. His clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Williamson has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Ayman Rawda works as a pediatrician in Chicago, IL and Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Rawda's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cancer and blood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Rawda attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Rawda (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Evan McLeod's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His 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. Dr. McLeod is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. McLeod trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Oak Lawn, IL and Evergreen Park, IL. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Alzein's clinical interests include newborn care. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to 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. Dr. Alzein 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 works as an internist in Summit Argo, IL. His clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shah takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Muzykansky average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Muzykansky takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He graduated from Odessa State Medical University. Dr. Muzykansky (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian.

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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 is a general internist in Palos Heights, IL. Dr. Shahbain's areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at West Suburban Medical Center for residency. Dr. Shahbain is conversant in Arabic.

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

Dr. John McMahan's medical specialty is otolaryngic allergy. Dr. McMahan is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. McMahan include immunotherapy, somnoplasty, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McMahan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. 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.

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

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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter-Smith include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Hunter-Smith attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Nelson's clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and Italian. Dr. Nelson 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 specializes in family medicine and practices in La Grange, IL. Her areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tessalee graduated from Rush Medical College. Dr. Tessalee is affiliated with 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 specialty is family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Swoyer studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.