We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Lexington, MO.

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Dr. Neeta Rathi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Neeta Gaur specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Belton, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Lexington, MO. Patient ratings for Dr. Gaur average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gaur is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gaur attended medical school at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For her professional training, Dr. Gaur completed residency programs at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University.

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Dr. William Miles Beary, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. William Beary is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Beary studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Beary is affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Research Medical Center.

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All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas A Beller, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Beller practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center. Dr. Beller takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his residency.

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All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles R Whetstone, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1026 Main Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Charles Whetstone is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Whetstone is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Whetstone accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

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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.