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

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

Dr. Bruce Block is a pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma and allergies. Dr. Block's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Block attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Asthma, Allergies

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

Dr. Sarah Maufe's specialty is general pediatrics. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Maufe studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Maufe's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Obesity, Asthma, Behavior Problems, Nutrition Counseling, Autism Spectrum ... (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. Her areas of expertise include general care. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Browns takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, she completed her residency training at Natividad Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Browns's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Steven Cortes specializes in family medicine and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cortes has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Cortes attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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