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We found 5 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 103 near The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. Wael Asi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Wael Asi is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in The Woodlands, TX, Spring, TX, and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include sleep disorders, intensive care, and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After attending American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Asi completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Asi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Asi's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. William Alan Rhoton, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Practice, Adult Pulmonology
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. William Rhoton's areas of specialization are adult critical care, general practice, and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Shenandoah, TX, Houston, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Rhoton attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma, sleep apnea, and snoring. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Cough, Asthma, Fatigue, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Shahzad Islam Islam, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
25214 Borough Park Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Shahzad Shah specializes in general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Shah average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Dr. Ikedinobi Ugochukwu Eni, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9319 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 120
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ikedinobi Eni specializes in general internal medicine and practices in The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Eni graduated from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ear Problems, Heart Problems, Nose Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joan Saunders Purcell, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
4800 W Panther Creek Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Joan Purcell is a physician who specializes in adolescent medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Purcell completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Purcell at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Purcell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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All Interests: Acne, Sports Injuries, Premature Babies, Newborn Care, Asthma

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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.