We found 4 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Anthem near Watsonville, CA.

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Dr. Bruce L Block, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Block is a general pediatrician. He graduated from Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Block's areas of expertise include asthma and allergies. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Block is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, Dr. Block is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Sarah J Maufe, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Sarah Maufe's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Maufe completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Maufe is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Steven Alberto Cortes, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Steven Cortes practices family medicine in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in general care. Dr. Cortes honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Cortes attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cortes is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Monique Marie Browns, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
550 S. Green Valley Road
Watsonville, CA
 

Dr. Monique Browns specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Browns's areas of expertise include general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Browns accepts. She is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Browns trained at Natividad Medical Center for residency. 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. Unfortunately, Dr. Browns is not currently accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, General Care, Asthma, Preventive Care, Intrauterine Device

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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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