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

Dr. Douglas Schreiber specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Schreiber's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Schreiber focuses on asthma and allergy testing. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Schreiber accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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 is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Allergy Testing, Asthma

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

Dr. Joshua Defriece specializes in family medicine. He attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Defriece's clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and thyroid problems. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Defriece is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Duyen Nguyen is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. She works in Houston, TX, Huntsville, TX, and Kingwood, TX. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and food allergy. Her professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Allergy & Asthma Associates, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Nguyen performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She speaks Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Allergies, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Asthma

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
21820 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 110
Katy, TX
 

Dr. L. Shirley, who practices in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Shirley has indicated that his clinical interests include immune disorders and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Shirley is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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All Interests: Immune Disorders, Asthma

Dr. Thanh Ho Slavek, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5423 E. 5th Street; Suite D
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thanh Taylor specializes in family medicine and practices in Katy, TX. Dr. Taylor has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at 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. Viswanath Kalapatapu, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Viswanath Kalapatapu's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Kalapatapu's areas of expertise include knee problems, prostate problems, and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with 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 welcomes new patients. Dr. Kalapatapu is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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Dr. Nadia Hafeez Abbasi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway N; Suite 345
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Nadia Abbasi practices general internal medicine in Katy, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include diabetes, depression, and anemia. Dr. Abbasi is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Dr. Abbasi trained at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1331 W Grand Parkway North; Suite 230
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Syed Moosavi works as a general internist. Dr. Moosavi's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Moosavi's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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