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We found 5 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 practices adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. 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 graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He 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. Juan Israel Gaitan Rueda, MD
Specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Juan Gaitan is a Waco, TX physician who specializes in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Gaitan speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. He trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. He is in-network for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Interstitial Lung Disease, Cough, ... (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 sees patients in Waco, TX. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include asthma. Dr. Clark is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Clark completed a residency program at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Dr. Clark has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars; Appointed Lifetime Ambassador of UNTHSC; and Student of the Year for HPU Biology Department 1995-1998. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Asthma

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Srinivasan is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. She 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: Acne, Allergies, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Abscesses

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. Dr. Sagar attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Crozer-Chester Medical Center for residency. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Most Dedicated Resident in Pediatric Residency Program Award. Dr. Sagar (or staff) speaks 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.