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We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Advantage near Nassau Bay, TX.

Dr. Alfred Salim Maksoud, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Alfred Maksoud is an intensive care specialist and adult pulmonologist. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Maksoud attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Maksoud average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maksoud takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, lung cancer, asthma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Shortness of Breath, Emphysema

Dr. Majd Alnas, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Majd Alnas' specialties are general internal medicine and adult pulmonology. He practices in Webster, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung surgery, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Alnas is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Alnas is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Alnas trained at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Joseph Edward Rodney, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
501 Medical Center Boulevard
Webster, TX

Dr. Alan Rodney is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Texas Oncology. Dr. Rodney accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Colon Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Saffana Nilufer Hassan, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
1100 Gulf Freeway S; Suite 250
League, TX

Dr. Saffana Hassan is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology. She works in Houston, TX and League, TX. Dr. Hassan is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hassan accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

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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.