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We found 13 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Aetna Affordable Health Choices near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Raymond H Hong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2025 Soquel Avenue; Santa Cruz, California 95062
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Raymond Hong is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hong include seasonal allergies, drug allergy, and angioedema. Dr. Hong is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hong attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hong trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hong's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma

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

Dr. Estela Del Carmen Ayala, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Estela Ayala is a physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Ayala studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include intensive care and lung problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Ayala average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ayala honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with 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: Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicole Denise Marsico, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Nicole Marsico practices general pediatrics. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Marsico accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, 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. Marsico is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Carla Collins Gorum, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carla Gorum specializes in general pediatrics. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Gorum's training includes a residency program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Patient ratings for Dr. Gorum average 5.0 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gorum accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gorum's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Bruce L Block, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Block's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Patients gave Dr. Block an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Block focuses on asthma and allergies. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Block accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and a graduate of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Eunice Ji-Yun Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Eunice Kim sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is adult pulmonology. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Kim trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for her residency. Her areas of expertise include lung problems. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kim is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Kathrin Rachel Sidell, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kathrin Sidell practices general pediatrics. She obtained her medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Sidell's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sidell honors. Dr. Sidell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Jeanne M Gallagher, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jeanne Gallagher's area of specialization is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Gallagher is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Gallagher obtained her medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gallagher's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Sarah J Maufe, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe is a pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. Dr. Maufe is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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Dr. Leigh Alison Mueller, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA, Capitola, CA, and Aptos, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Mueller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Mueller attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Alberto Cortes, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 Water Street; Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Cortes is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Cortes obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Kimberly Joyce Owens, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Owens' specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests include general care. Dr. Owens's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Owens takes 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.