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We found 19 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Fountain Valley, CA.

Dr. Donald S Levy, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Donald Levy is an allergist/immunologist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. He has a special interest in asthma and food allergy. Dr. Levy honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Richard L. Day, MD, Master Teacher Award in Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NY; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Levy is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and PIH Health.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Allergies, Hives, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Hereditary ... (Read more)

Dr. Ferdous F Kazemi, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1220 Hemlock Way 105 B
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Ferdous Kazemi's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Her clinical interests include asthma and allergies. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Kazemi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz and Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Kazemi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Steven Barry Leven, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
333 City Boulevard W; Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Steven Leven practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Orange, CA. Dr. Leven is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leven has received professional recognition including the following: Munzer Family Award for Teaching and Research - Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach; Physician Champion Award - Volunteer Hospitals of America; and Physician of the Year - Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Shortness of Breath, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Chronic Cough, Emphysema, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Smita Bhargava Tandon, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
11100 Warner Avenue 252; Dr2kids
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Smita Tandon's specialty is general pediatrics. After completing medical school at the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College, she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Tandon focuses on asthma, alternative medicine, and allergies. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tandon honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Tandon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Marathi, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Alternative Medicine, Asthma

Dr. Raman K Chopra, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
12555 Garden Grove Boulevard; Suite 404
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Raman Chopra's specialty is general pediatrics. She attended Government Medical College, Patiala and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chopra include adolescent issues and asthma. Patients rated Dr. Chopra highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chopra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Asthma

Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
500 Superior Ave. 140
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Orange, CA and Newport Beach, CA. In Dr. Tirakitsoontorn's practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tirakitsoontorn takes. Before completing his residency at Jersey City Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University, Dr. Tirakitsoontorn attended medical school at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tirakitsoontorn is conversant in Thai. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and PIH Health.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Dysplasia, Chronic Cough, Borderline Personality Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Otto Y Liao, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Adult Allergy & Immunology
19582 Beach Boulevard; Suite 314
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Otto Liao is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology and adult allergy & immunology. He works in Tustin, CA, Huntington Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Dr. Liao takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Liao attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Liao has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Allergies, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Asthma

Dr. John Lawrence Winkelman, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1201 W La Veta Avenue; 700
Orange, CA
 

Dr. John Winkelman practices general pediatrics. Dr. Winkelman graduated from New York Medical College. His areas of expertise include newborn care, mole removal, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Winkelman accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Mole Removal, Allergies, Newborn Care, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Preventive Care, Wart ... (Read more)

Dr. Anchalee Yuengsrigul, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
19582 Beach Blvd. 380
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Anchalee Yuengsrigul specializes in pediatric pulmonology and practices in Orange, CA and Huntington Beach, CA. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and PIH Health. Dr. Yuengsrigul is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Yuengsrigul attended medical school at Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Physician of Excellence Orange County Medical Association, Multiple years. In addition to English, Dr. Yuengsrigul (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Asthma

Dr. Sarah Samimi Samimi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
455 S. Main Street
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Field is a pediatric allergist and immunologist. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Field attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Bruce Fred Friedman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
11180 Warner Avenue; Suite 255
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Friedman's area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Friedman performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Friedman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Bronchitis, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Phuong Hoang, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
455 S Main Street
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Hoang is a pediatrician in Tustin, CA and Orange, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of obesity, asthma, and nutrition issues. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Hoang graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Hoang (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Cantonese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Hoang welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Obesity, Asthma, Preventive Care

Dr. Mark Howard Ellis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1201 W La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Mark Ellis is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist in Orange, CA. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Ellis is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Arizona Health Sciences Center's residency program. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellis honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Asthma, Food Allergy

Dr. Reema Basu, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
101 The City Drive S
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Reema Basu is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. These areas are among Dr. Basu's clinical interests: common cold, immunization (preventive vaccines), and influenza (flu). She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Basu is conversant in Bengali.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sports Physicals, Immunization, Common Cold, Influenza, Asthma

Dr. Taylor Tram Tran, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
455 S Main Street
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Taylor Tran's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Tran is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Orange County's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include newborn care, infections, and asthma. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tran honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Skin Issues, Allergies, Newborn Care, Constipation, Infections, Asthma, Acid Reflux

Dr. Maryum Habib Merchant, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1665 Scenic Avenue; Suite 100
Costa Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Maryum Merchant is an adult pulmonology specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA, Glendale, CA, and Westlake Village, CA. Her areas of expertise include lung transplant, lung cancer, and intensive care. Dr. Merchant's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Exercise, Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, ... (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.