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We found 7 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 sees patients in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Hardy's education and training includes medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hardy has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is open to new patients.

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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 specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Bhat accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Charity Hospital, New Orleans and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Bhat has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bhat (or staff) speaks Hindi. He also offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Bhat's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Richard Kops specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Concord, CA. Dr. Kops obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kops include pulmonary hypertension. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Concord, CA. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hadley include lung problems. He accepts Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Bruce Paterson practices allergy & immunology in Concord, CA and Walnut Creek, CA. Patients rated Dr. Paterson highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass 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. Dr. Paterson 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. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Paterson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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All Interests: Exercise, Asthma, Medication

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

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include lung problems. Dr. Takekuma is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Takekuma studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) speaks Spanish, Japanese, and French.

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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's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Abudayeh's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems and general care. His professional affiliations include Eden Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Physician Network. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Abudayeh graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco. In addition to English, Dr. Abudayeh (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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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.