We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Premier near Willowbrook, IL.

Dr. James R Hunter Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL

Dr. James Hunter is a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Orland Park, IL, Highland Park, IL, and Flossmoor, IL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Hunter attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter include asthma and allergies. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Viant, TRICARE, and Humana HMO. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Franciscan Alliance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Christina Pham Ha, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
24 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN

Dr. Christina Ha practices general pediatrics. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ha include obesity, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. She is affiliated with Franciscan Physician Network. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Dr. Ha accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Haider Ali Shirazi, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL

Dr. Haider Shirazi is a radiation oncology specialist in Olympia Fields, IL, Chicago Heights, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Shirazi is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for his residency. Dr. Shirazi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Breast Issues, Gynecologic Cancer, Lung Problems, Brain Tumor

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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