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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 specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Boethel is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is an in-network provider 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: Restless Leg Syndrome, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Polysomnography, Intensive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Israel Gaitan Rueda, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Juan Gaitan is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Waco, TX. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gaitan is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaitan honors.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Waco, TX. His clinical interests include asthma. Dr. Clark is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Driscoll Children's Hospital for residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Clark honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: 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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Srinivasan is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium.

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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 practices pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine in Waco, TX, Temple, TX, and Round Rock, TX. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Dr. Sagar attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school. Dr. Sagar has received the following distinction: Most Dedicated Resident in Pediatric Residency Program Award. In addition to English, Dr. Sagar (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Sagar 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.