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We found 36 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept AARP near San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Hardy is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Hardy attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Schuman Tam, MD
Specializes in Other, Allergy & Immunology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Schuman Tam's specialty is allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Tam include asthma and allergies. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net ELECT POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at St. Mary's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tam include: San Francisco Super Doctors; Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Tam is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Tam is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Eric D Zee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Eric Zee practices pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Zee's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Zee's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks Cantonese.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Robert David Saken, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
595 Buckingham Way; Suite 355
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Saken is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Saken is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Saken include asthma. Dr. Saken is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Saken is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Saken attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school.

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All Interests: Asthma

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Dr. Margaret M Miller, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
525 Spruce Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Miller sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Alameda, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Miller takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Miller is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Behavior Problems, Newborn Care, Parenting Issues, Infections, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. David M Tejeda, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
350 Rhode Island Street; Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Tejeda's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Tejeda's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital of San Francisco. Dr. Tejeda speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Lead Poisoning, Asthma, Anemia

Dr. Joyce E Hansen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 309
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Joyce Hansen is an internist in San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Hansen include general care. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Hansen speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hansen is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Manisha Newaskar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Manisha Newaskar works as a pediatric pulmonologist in Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Fremont, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newaskar include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Newaskar is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Newaskar graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. She completed her residency training at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital and Driscoll Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Newaskar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Mary Ann Santos Fernandez, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
595 Buckingham Way; Suite 430
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Mary Fernandez's medical specialty is general pediatrics. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Fernandez attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Dr. Fernandez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Preventive Care, Learning ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward W Fong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Edward Fong sees patients in Oakland, CA, Emeryville, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fong include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Fong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Fong's residency was performed at Arizona Health Sciences Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Lawrence Alan Coskey, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
633 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Coskey sees patients in Burlingame, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His medical specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include shortness of breath (dyspnea), intensive care, and lung problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Coskey completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Coskey has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Pulmonary Associates. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Cough, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bonnie J Leboff, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
595 Buckingham Way; #355
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Bonnie Leboff specializes in general pediatrics. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leboff honors. Dr. Leboff graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is conversant in French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Leboff is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Asthma, Allergies, Newborn Care

Dr. Jeffrey Mitchel Davidson, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
180 Montgomery Street, Bank of The West Building; Suite 2370
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Davidson is an allergy & immunology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davidson include asthma and allergies. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Davidson (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma, asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Hives, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth Bruere Maybury, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Shrader Street; Suite 570
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Maybury is an internist in San Francisco, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Maybury average 3.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in general care. Dr. Maybury accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Maybury attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Maybury (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Maybury's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cholesterol Problems, General Care, Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Vadim I Kvitash, PhD, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2299 Post Street; Suite 306
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Vadim Kvitash's specialty is allergy & immunology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Kvitash takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, Dr. Kvitash attended medical school at Odessa State Medical University. Dr. Kvitash (or staff) speaks Bulgarian. In addition, he offers language support for patients who speak Russian, Ukrainian, and Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Hives, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Reid Brown, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2351 Clay Street; 501
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Brown, who practices in San Francisco, CA and Greenbrae, CA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include intensive care, lung problems, and telemedicine. Dr. Brown is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Brown has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Marin General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Intensive Care, Sleep Apnea, ... (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.