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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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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 specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. He works in Dublin, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Hong is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of seasonal allergies, drug allergy, and angioedema. Patients rated Dr. Hong highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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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 specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Ayala is especially interested in intensive care and lung problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Ayala is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Ayala is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ayala 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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Marsico accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Marsico attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Capitola, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gorum takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gorum trained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gorum has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Block speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in asthma and allergies. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Block's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Unfortunately, Dr. Block is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Asthma, Allergies

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

Dr. Sarah Maufe's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Maufe's practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Maufe attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Eunice Kim's specialty is adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include lung problems. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her 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's specialty is general pediatrics. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Sidell performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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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 practices general pediatrics. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Gallagher's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients gave Dr. Gallagher an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Leigh Alison Mueller, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Leigh Mueller specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Santa Cruz, CA, Capitola, CA, and Aptos, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mueller studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She completed her residency training at Travis Air Force Base, David Grant USAF Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunization, Circumcision, Early Childhood Development, Mouth Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Steven Cortes practices family medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Cortes attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Cortes include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Cortes is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cortes is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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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 practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA. In her practice, Dr. Owens focuses on general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Owens takes. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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.