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

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

Dr. Donald Levy is a specialist in allergy & immunology. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Levy completed his residency training at Kings County Hospital Center. His clinical interests include asthma and food allergy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Levy 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. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza, and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

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

Dr. Ferdous Kazemi's specialty is general pediatrics. She studied medicine at Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Kazemi's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. In her practice, Dr. Kazemi focuses on asthma and allergies. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. Dr. Kazemi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Kazemi's professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Allergies, 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 sees patients in Tustin, CA, Huntington Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. His medical specialties are pediatric allergy & immunology and adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Liao is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Liao graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Liao trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Liao (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Dr. Liao has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Smita Tandon sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Tandon (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Marathi, and Spanish. Dr. Tandon's areas of expertise consist of alternative medicine, asthma, and allergies. Her professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). After attending the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Tandon is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Allergies, Asthma, Alternative Medicine

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

Dr. Raman Chopra sees patients in Garden Grove, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Chopra is 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Chopra focuses on adolescent issues and asthma. She is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Chopra obtained her medical school training at Government Medical College, Patiala and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Chopra (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Asthma

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
11180 Warner Avenue; Suite 255
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Friedman is a medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Friedman performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Friedman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Eczema, Bronchitis, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Hay ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven B 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. His professional affiliations include UC Irvine Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Dr. Leven studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leven has received distinctions including 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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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Wheezing, Shortness of Breath, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Chronic Cough, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Winkelman's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Winkelman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: newborn care, mole removal, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Winkelman graduated from New York Medical College. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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

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

Dr. Pornchai Tirakitsoontorn's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. Before performing his residency at Jersey City Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University, Dr. Tirakitsoontorn attended Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tirakitsoontorn include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Tirakitsoontorn speaks Thai. His professional 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, Neuromuscular ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sarah Field is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Field is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Field trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Mark Howard Ellis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
455 S Main Street
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Mark Ellis' specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ellis is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Arizona Health Sciences Center's residency program. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Ellis's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Asthma, Food Allergy

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

Dr. Anchalee Yuengsrigul is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Yuengsrigul is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and PIH Health. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University and then she performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Yuengsrigul has received professional recognition including the following: Physician of Excellence Orange County Medical Association, Multiple years. Dr. Yuengsrigul (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Thai.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Asthma

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

Dr. Lisa Hoang's specialty is general pediatrics. In addition to English, Dr. Hoang (or staff) speaks Sign Language, Spanish, and Cantonese. Dr. Hoang's areas of clinical interest consist of obesity, asthma, and nutrition issues. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital of Orange County, Dr. Hoang attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Hoang honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Taylor Tran's medical specialty is general pediatrics. She studied medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Tran completed a residency program at Children's Hospital of Orange County. These areas are among Dr. Tran's clinical interests: newborn care, infections, and asthma. Dr. Tran's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Tran (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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

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

Dr. Reema Basu sees patients in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. She speaks Bengali. Her areas of clinical interest consist of common cold, immunization (preventive vaccines), and influenza (flu). Dr. Basu is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Basu honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, Secure Horizons, and more.

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

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

Dr. Maryum Merchant specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Thousand Oaks, CA, Glendale, CA, and Westlake Village, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Merchant include lung transplant, lung cancer, and intensive care. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Merchant honors. She attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Transplant, Neuromuscular Disorders, Exercise, Cystic ... (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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