We found 7 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 103 near The Woodlands, TX.

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Wael Asi MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
18488 Interstate 45 S
Shenandoah, TX

Dr. Wael Asi's areas of specialization are adult critical care, general internal medicine, and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Spring, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Asi (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Asi's clinical interests include intensive care, bronchoscopy, and asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Asi obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. The average patient rating for Dr. Asi is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Thoracentesis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep D ... (Read more)

William Alan Rhoton MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
18488 Interstate 45 S
Shenandoah, TX

Dr. William Rhoton's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Rhoton's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and residency at The University Hospital, Newark. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung cancer, and lung surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Snoring, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Lung Surg ... (Read more)

Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
18488 Interstate 45 S
Shenandoah, TX

Dr. Amarbir Mattewal is a specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. Dr. Mattewal's clinical interests include lung transplant, lung biopsy, and lung cancer. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Mattewal is professionally affiliated with CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Ast ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Sameh Aziz specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aziz include diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart failure. Dr. Aziz is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Aziz completed his residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Osteomyelitis, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Heart Failure, Asthma, Kidney Problems, Thyro ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.55 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Alejandra Palmeros-Irvine practices family medicine. Dr. Palmeros-Irvine's clinical interests include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Palmeros-Irvine attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Palmeros-Irvine is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Incontinence, Family Planning, Sinus Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Women's Healt ... (Read more)

Timothy E Irvine MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.67 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
17201 Interstate 45 South
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Timothy Irvine's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Irvine (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. His areas of expertise include menopause, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Irvine's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Irvine takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Family Planning, Hypertension, Sinus Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr Joan Saunders Purcell MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
4800 W Panther Creek Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Joan Purcell's specialty is adolescent medicine. Dr. Purcell obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), premature babies, and newborn care. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Purcell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and CHI St. Luke's Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sports Health, Annual Gynecological Exam, Acne, Sports Injuries, Premature Babies, Newborn Care, Ast ... (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.
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