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Dr. David Bruce Engler, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
4600 Fairmont Parkway; Suite 107
Pasadena, TX

Dr. David Engler sees patients in Pasadena, TX, Houston, TX, and Pearland, TX. His medical specialty is allergy & immunology. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Patients gave Dr. Engler an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Engler include: Texas Super Doctors and Board of Regents, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 1989-1991 & 1995-1998. In addition to English, Dr. Engler speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sinusitis, Asthma, Hay Fever

Dr. Akram A Mushtaha, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
3315 Burke Road; Suite 202
Pasadena, TX

Dr. Akram Mushtaha is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Mushtaha attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Mushtaha takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Sinus Headache, Food Allergy, Skin Testing, Sinusitis, Allergy Testing, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
3337 Plainview; Building B
Pasadena, TX

Dr. Michael Sweeney practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and biopsy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Sweeney is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sweeney's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Aortic ... (Read more)

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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