We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Waco, TX.

Dr. Carl David Boethel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carl Boethel is a physician who specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Boethel speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

Dr. Samuel David Clark, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
120 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard, Office Building Ii; Suite 200
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Clark's area of specialization is general pediatrics. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include asthma. Dr. Clark is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Clark is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Dr. Clark has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars; Appointed Lifetime Ambassador of UNTHSC; and Student of the Year for HPU Biology Department 1995-1998.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2201 Macarthur Drive
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan works as a pediatrician. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Srinivasan obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed her residency at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Acne, Allergies, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Abscess

Dr. Malvika Sagar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Sleep Medicine
120 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard; Building Ii, Suite 101
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Malvika Sagar is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine. Dr. Sagar is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She obtained her medical school training at Lady Hardinge Medical College and performed her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Crozer-Chester Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Most Dedicated Resident in Pediatric Residency Program Award. Dr. Sagar (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is 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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