We found 11 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Guardian near Houston, TX.

Dr. Timothy Adrian Connolly, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1632
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Connolly is an adult pulmonologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Connolly include lung biopsy, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and bronchoscopy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Connolly performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Connolly takes. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Lung ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1632
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lisa Kopas is a pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kopas include lung biopsy, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and bronchoscopy. Dr. Kopas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Kopas is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Lung Surgery, Asthma, Thoracentesis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1632
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Clinton Doerr's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He practices in Houston, TX and Baytown, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: bronchoscopy, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Doerr honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Doerr has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Epilepsy, Asthma, Sleep ... (Read more)

Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Varon is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist in Houston, TX. He attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Varon include hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, and stroke. Patient ratings for Dr. Varon average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Varon (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Stroke, Endoscopy, Asthma, Sepsis, Weight Loss

Dr. Negar Vazirinia, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Negar Vazirinia specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise consist of asthma and circumcision. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Vazirinia is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for her residency. Dr. Vazirinia's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Circumcision, Asthma

Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bhakti Khatri's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Khatri an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khatri include sinusitis (sinus infection), menopause, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Khatri graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Osteoporosis, Pap Test, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis G Granier-Spikula, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier-Spikula's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Granier-Spikula include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Granier-Spikula is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Michael Gold, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Gold is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine, adult allergy & immunology, and adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gold include knee problems, thyroid problems, and parathyroid disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Gold graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gold accepts. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Nutrition Issues, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Bueso performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bueso (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Bone Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Antonio Zuniga, MD
Specializes in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2202
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jorge Zuniga is a physician who specializes in infectious disease. His clinical interests include prostate problems, warts, and depression. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Zuniga takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuniga welcomes 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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