We found 2 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Cigna near Allen, TX.

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Dr. Zahid N Zafar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4201 Medical Center Drive; Suite 300
Mckinney, TX

Dr. Zahid Zafar practices general internal medicine in McKinney, TX. Dr. Zafar's clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), depression, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). He is professionally affiliated with Medical Center of McKinney. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Zafar attended Dow Medical College for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Zafar average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Shane Mohammad Pahlavan, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1111 Raintree Circle; Suite 280
Allen, TX

Dr. Shane Pahlavan is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Pahlavan include deviated septum, hearing evaluation, and ear infection. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Pahlavan is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. Dr. Pahlavan's practice is open to new patients.

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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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