We found 10 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Humana Simplicity near Temple, TX.

Dr. Leticia Aurora Shanley, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Leticia Shanley's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shanley graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's National Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. She is affiliated with Children's Health (Texas) and Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Chronic Illness, Asthma, Injuries

Dr. Peter Yau, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Peter Yau is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Taylor, TX and Temple, TX. Dr. Yau is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. In addition to English, Dr. Yau speaks Cantonese.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Biopsy, Tracheostomy, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Yasir Imtiaz Cheema, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Yasir Cheema practices adult pulmonology. Dr. Cheema's areas of expertise consist of intensive care, bronchoscopy, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After completing medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College, he performed his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, Asthma

Dr. John E Dvoracek, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
1605 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. John Dvoracek specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in Temple, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Dvoracek attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2013.

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All Interests: Allergies, Hives, Sinus Problems, Ear Problems, Skin Testing, Angioedema, Asthma

Dr. Mercedes Elizabeth Arroliga, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Mercedes Arroliga is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Arroliga is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Nicaragua Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Arroliga's training includes a residency program at Bridgeport Hospital. She speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Hives, Skin Testing, Anaphylaxis, Allergic Conjunctivitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Gbenga Faniku, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Faniku's medical specialty is general pediatrics. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for residency. Dr. Faniku has received professional recognition including the following: Provider of The Year award, United Medical Centers, Del Rio, TX. Dr. Faniku (or staff) speaks the following languages: Medical Spanish and Yoruba. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Anandita Pal, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
204a Andy Lane
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Anandita Pal's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Pal is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Pediatrics. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Pal trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Pal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Allergies, Newborn Care, Asthma

Dr. Carl David Boethel, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Carl Boethel's specialties are sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. He practices in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Boethel is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Polysomnography, Intensive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alejandro C Arroliga, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Alejandro Arroliga is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. Dr. Arroliga's residency was performed at Coney Island Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Arroliga include: Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award "Pulmonary Disease" The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Selected in "Best Doctors in America", 1998, 2004, 2006-2014; and Selected in "America's Top Doctors", 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007-2014. In addition to English, Dr. Arroliga speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Pulmonary Hypertension, Acute Respiratory Failure, Emphysema, Asthma, Acute Respiratory Distress ... (Read more)

Dr. Malvika Sagar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Malvika Sagar practices pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine. Dr. Sagar's education and training includes medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College and residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Crozer-Chester Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She has received the distinction of Most Dedicated Resident in Pediatric Residency Program Award. Dr. Sagar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Premature ... (Read more)

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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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