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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 works as a pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric critical care specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Torero attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. Dr. Torero's areas of clinical interest consist of cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Torero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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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 specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rawda include cancer and blood disorders. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Viant, and more. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, 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. Wayne Crispus Williamson, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
11600 S Kedzie Avenue; Suite K
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Wayne Williamson's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Williamson accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Williamson attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Williamson's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Hassan Alzein is a general pediatrician. Dr. Alzein attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Alzein include newborn care. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alzein accepts. Dr. Alzein is conversant in 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

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

Dr. Evan McLeod is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Evergreen Park, IL. Dr. McLeod has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is professionally affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently 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 Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare POS, and more. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Dilip Shah specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Summit Argo, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks 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. 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 graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at West Suburban Medical Center. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Shahbain honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shahbain speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 in Oak Lawn, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. These areas are among Dr. Muzykansky's clinical interests: cancer screening, cardiac risk reduction, and adolescent issues. He honors 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 foreign languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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 specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Hunter-Smith include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hunter-Smith honors. He studied medicine 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. John T McMahan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngic Allergy
7456 S State Road; Suite 302
Bedford Park, IL
 

Dr. John McMahan sees patients in Chicago, IL and Bedford Park, IL. His medical specialty is otolaryngic allergy. His clinical interests include immunotherapy, somnoplasty, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. McMahan average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. McMahan is accepting new patients.

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

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