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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, who practices in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Boethel honors. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. 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 specialty is general pediatrics. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include asthma. Dr. Clark is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Clark completed his residency training at Driscoll Children's Hospital. He has received distinctions including 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 is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Srinivasan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She trained at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium for her residency.

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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 pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine specialist in Waco, TX, Temple, TX, and Round Rock, TX. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Sagar attended Lady Hardinge Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Crozer-Chester Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Most Dedicated Resident in Pediatric Residency Program Award. Dr. Sagar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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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.