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Dr. William Miles Beary, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. William Beary, who practices in Kansas City, MO, Lexington, MO, and Clinton, MO, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Research Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Beary attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Dr. Neeta Rathi, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Neeta Gaur sees patients in Belton, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Lexington, MO. Her medical specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Research Hospital. Dr. Gaur takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University, Dr. Gaur attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school.

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Dr. Thomas A Beller, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Beller sees patients in Kansas City, MO, Clinton, MO, and Belton, MO. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Patient ratings for Dr. Beller average 4.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Research Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Dr. Charles R Whetstone, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1026 Main Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Charles Whetstone's specialty is family medicine. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whetstone accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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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