We found 12 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Santa Cruz, CA.

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2025 Soquel Avenue; Santa Cruz, California 95062
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Raymond Hong is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Hong average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hong accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hong speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Hong is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Goodman attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Goodman's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Bone Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Estela Ayala practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in Mountain View, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Los Gatos, CA. Dr. Ayala's areas of clinical interest consist of intensive care and lung problems. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ayala is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ayala welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Nicole Marsico sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Marsico graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Marsico is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma, Preventive Care, Newborn Care, Parenting Issues

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum works as a pediatrician. Dr. Gorum's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gorum welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Circumcision, Obesity, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, Allergies, Behavior Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Block sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. His areas of clinical interest consist of asthma and allergies. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Block honors. He attended medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Block completed his residency training at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Block's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma, Allergies

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Eunice Kim, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lung problems. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Kim has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell's specialty is general pediatrics. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Sidell attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Sidell is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Circumcision, Obesity, Asperger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Scotts Valley, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gallagher is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gallagher's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe practices general pediatrics in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Maufe's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Maufe's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Obesity, Asthma, Behavior Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Autism Spectrum ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
550 Water Street; Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes' medical specialty is family medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cortes has a special interest in general care. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cortes attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Owens specializes in family medicine. She is especially interested in general care. Dr. Owens is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Owens honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Depression, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Asthma, Menopause, Cholesterol Problems, Infections

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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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