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 practices general pediatrics. She attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Doringo completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Doringo takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Dr. Doringo is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Eating Disorders, Circumcision, Spina Bifida, Dyslexia, Allergies, Growth ... (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 foreign languages: Spanish and French. In his practice, Dr. Carson focuses on lung problems. Dr. Carson's professional affiliations include Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Carson completed a residency program at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Carson accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. He is open to new patients.

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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 in National City, CA. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fresno takes. Dr. Fresno attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fresno speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Brian Stone's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Stone average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Stone graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Luis Sanchez's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sanchez include intensive care, general care, and lung problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Sanchez is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Intensive ... (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 takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Bao is a graduate of Heidelberg University. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin.

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

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

Dr. Patricia Kettlehake's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. On average, patients gave Dr. Kettlehake a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

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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's specialty is allergy & immunology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Feigenbaum has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Feigenbaum obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Rina Ronquillo practices general pediatrics in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Ronquillo is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school, she completed her residency training at Nassau University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Filipino. She is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Decarvalho is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Decarvalho (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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

Dr. Tue Nguyen works as an internist in San Diego, CA. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese.

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

Dr. John Pauls is an allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Pauls is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He attended medical school at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pauls honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Elaine Gertser practices general internal medicine. Dr. Gertser's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She completed her residency training at The Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati. In addition to English, 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 practices general internal medicine. Dr. Vo speaks Vietnamese. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Patient ratings for Dr. Vo average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vo is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 works as an intensivist and adult pulmonologist in National City, CA. She speaks Mandarin. These areas are among her clinical interests: intensive care and lung problems. Dr. Lim is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. 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. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Lakshimi Prathipati specializes in general internal medicine and practices in San Diego, CA. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Prathipati is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Guntur Medical College.

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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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