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 is a pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric critical care specialist in Winfield, IL, Chicago, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Torero's 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. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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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 Avenue; Suite K
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Wayne Williamson practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Williamson include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Williamson's training includes a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Williamson is accepting new patients.

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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's medical specialty is general pediatrics. His clinical interests encompass cancer and blood disorders. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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, Spanish, and Polish. He is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. McLeod include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. McLeod is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. McLeod has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alzein include newborn care. Patient ratings for Dr. Alzein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Alzein speaks 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 is accepting 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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah's clinical interests include diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic 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 works as a general internist. Dr. Muzykansky's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He graduated from 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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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 sees patients in Palos Heights, IL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Shahbain speaks Arabic. These areas are among his clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at West Suburban Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. Dr. Shahbain is open to new patients.

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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 an otolaryngic allergy specialist. Patients gave Dr. McMahan an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. McMahan include immunotherapy, somnoplasty, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. McMahan attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. 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)

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 specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Hunter-Smith's clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic 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 practices family medicine. Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nelson (or staff) speaks German and Italian. His professional affiliations include 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 is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Tessalee's areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at Rush Medical College. She is professionally 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 works as a family medicine physician in La Grange, IL. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Swoyer honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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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