We found 3 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Waco, TX.

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Srinivasan specializes in general pediatrics. Before completing her residency at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium, Dr. Srinivasan attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Dr. Samuel David Clark, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
120 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard, Office Building Ii; Suite 200
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Clark's area of specialization is general pediatrics. He has a special interest in asthma. Patients rated Dr. Clark highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. He studied medicine at 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Clark include: Texas Rising Stars; Appointed Lifetime Ambassador of UNTHSC; and Student of the Year for HPU Biology Department 1995-1998. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Dr. Carl David Boethel, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Carl Boethel's specialties are sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. He practices in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX. Dr. Boethel is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He speaks Spanish.

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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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