We found 56 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Mountain View, CA.

Dr. Elainie Oliveria Devillena, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
865 3rd Avenue; #101
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Elainie Doringo sees patients in El Cajon, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and San Diego, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Doringo attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Doringo include growth problems, adoption issues, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Eating Disorders, Circumcision, Spina Bifida, Dyslexia, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian Douglass Stone, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2655 Camino Del Rio N.; Suite 120
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Brian Stone practices pediatric allergy & immunology in San Diego, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: contact dermatitis, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Stone's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Stone studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Carolinas Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Contact Dermatitis, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen H Carson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Other
550 Washington Street; Suite 300
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Carson, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Carson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Carson's clinical interests include warts, sleep apnea, and headache. He is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Carson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Warts, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Sleep Disorders, Heartburn, Multiple Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Blanca Ines Fresno, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
655 Euclid Avenue; Suite 207
National City, CA
 

Dr. Blanca Fresno practices general pediatrics. She is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fresno include warts, depression, and headache. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Fresno trained at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Fresno's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fresno takes. Dr. Fresno is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, Multiple Pregnancy, Down ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis F Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
227 Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Luis Sanchez's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Sanchez is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, lung cancer, and intensive care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Sanchez's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sanchez's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Intensive Care, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Patricia Marie Kettlehake, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
1050 B Avenue; Suite C
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Patricia Kettlehake specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics and practices in Coronado, CA. Her clinical interests include warts, menopause, and adolescent gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kettlehake average 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kettlehake attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kettlehake is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Sports Health, Type 1 Diabetes, Eczema, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bernard Andrew Feigenbaum, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 120
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Bernard Feigenbaum sees patients in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. His medical specialty is allergy & immunology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Feigenbaum's areas of expertise include contact dermatitis, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Feigenbaum has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Contact Dermatitis, Sinus Problems, Food ... (Read more)

Dr. Gang Bao, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 108
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Gang Bao's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He practices in San Diego, CA. Dr. Bao graduated from Heidelberg University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Bao is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rina Regala Ronquillo, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
6942 University Avenue; Suite A
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rina Ronquillo's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Ronquillo's areas of expertise include the following: growth problems, depression, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Her professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Sharp HealthCare. Before completing her residency at Nassau Hospital, Long Island and Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Ronquillo attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Ronquillo accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Nutrition Issues, Eating Disorders, Circumcision, Dyslexia, Growth Problems, Preventive ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
340 4th Avenue; Suite 11
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Decarvalho works as an internist in Chula Vista, CA. His areas of expertise include fibromyalgia, asthma, and preventive care. On average, patients gave Dr. Decarvalho a rating of 1.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Decarvalho (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Decarvalho is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Management, Fibromyalgia, Preventive Care, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. John David Pauls, PhD, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2001 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. John Pauls works as an allergist/immunologist. His clinical interests include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, and sinus problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Foothills Medical Center, Dr. Pauls attended medical school at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Pauls has an open panel.

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All Interests: Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, Hay Fever, Allergy Testing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tue Thi Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4551 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tue Nguyen is an internist in San Diego, CA. Her areas of expertise include depression, asthma, and women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Nguyen trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. She speaks Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Headache, Chronic Pain Management, Preventive Care, Back Problems, Immigration Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elaine Sofia Gertser, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6367 Alvarado Court; Suite 202
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Elaine Gertser works as an internist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Gertser's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, asthma, and arthritis. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Gertser is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Her training includes a residency program at The Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati. Dr. Gertser (or staff) speaks Russian and Ukrainian.

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All Interests: Depression, Immigration Issues, Physical Exams, Arthritis, Asthma

Dr. Sony Thanh Vo, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4551 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sony Vo is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Vo is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include tuberculosis (TB), asthma, and travel vaccines. Dr. Vo is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Vo is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Headache, Tuberculosis, Chronic Pain Management, Arthritis, Hemorrhoids, Travel Vaccines, Allergy ... (Read more)

Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
502 Euclid Avenue; Suite 304
National City, CA
 

Dr. Rosemarie Lim is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. She works in National City, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sleep disorders, intensive care, and tuberculosis (TB). She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Lim attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lim is conversant in Mandarin. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Intensive Care, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Lakshmi Prathipati, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Lakshmi Prathipati's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Prathipati average 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Prathipati include asthma, preventive care, and arthritis. Dr. Prathipati is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Prathipati is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. She trained at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Arthritis, Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease

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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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