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We found 8 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Health Net EPO near Walnut Creek, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. In her practice, Dr. Hardy focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hardy is 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: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Kaleyathodi Naras K. Bhat, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2182 East Street
Concord, CA
 

Dr. K. Bhat's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Bhat is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Bhat attended Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences and All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Charity Hospital, New Orleans and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Bhat (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Spanish.

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

Dr. James Daniel Evans, MD
Specializes in Other, General Pediatrics
2700 Grant Street; Suite 110
Concord, CA
 

Dr. James Evans is a pediatrician in Concord, CA and Orinda, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Evans attended Tulane University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Evans speaks Spanish. Dr. Evans is professionally affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Bulimia, Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Cardiac Risk Reduction, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce F Paterson, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
1844 San Miguel Drive; #304-c
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Paterson is an allergy & immunology specialist in Concord, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Paterson has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma and exercise. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Paterson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Exercise, Asthma, Medication

Dr. Richard Kops, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Richard Kops is an adult pulmonologist in Concord, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Kops attended medical school at New York Medical College. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kops accepts. Dr. Kops is conversant in French. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. John Lindsay Hadley, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. John Hadley's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. His clinical interests encompass lung problems. His professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Hadley takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Hadley is accepting new patients. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency.

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

Dr. Hiromi Carmen Takekuma, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma works as an adult pulmonologist in Concord, CA. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Japanese, and French. Dr. Takekuma's areas of expertise include lung problems. She is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Takekuma takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Takekuma's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Nabil Karim Abudayeh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1220 Rossmoor Parkway
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nabil Abudayeh works as an adult cardiologist. In addition to English, Dr. Abudayeh (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and general care. Dr. Abudayeh is professionally affiliated with Eden Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Physician Network. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Abudayeh has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Holistic Approaches, Cardiomyopathy, ... (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.