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We found 7 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Cigna near Katy, TX.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
545b S Mason Road
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Schreiber practices allergy & immunology. In his practice, Dr. Schreiber focuses on asthma and allergy testing. Patients gave Dr. Schreiber an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schreiber obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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All Interests: Allergy Testing, Asthma

Dr. Duyen Kim Nguyen, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
23222 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite A
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Duyen Nguyen practices pediatric allergy & immunology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and food allergy. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nguyen studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nguyen completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is conversant in Vietnamese. She is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Allergy & Asthma Associates, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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All Interests: Allergies, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Asthma

Dr. Joshua Chad Defriece, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
29320 Katy Freeway; Suite 500
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Joshua Defriece's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Defriece attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Defriece is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Banner Health. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Hay ... (Read more)

Dr. L. Reed Reed Shirley, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
21820 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 110
Katy, TX
 

Dr. L. Shirley is a physician who specializes in allergy & immunology. Dr. Shirley's areas of expertise consist of immune disorders and asthma. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shirley takes. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Immune Disorders, Asthma

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Kalapatapu's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kalapatapu takes. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Knee ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
5423 E. 5th Street; Suite D
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thanh Taylor's area of specialization is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Taylor is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taylor is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Asthma

Dr. Syed Shadaab Moosavi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Syed Moosavi practices general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Amerigroup, United Healthcare HMO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moosavi takes. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Moosavi trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypotension, Hypertension, Asthma, Smoking Cessation

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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.