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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Block's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma and allergies. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Block accepts. Before performing his residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Dr. Block attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Block is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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 is a general pediatrician. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maufe takes. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Maufe speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice 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' specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Cortes at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to new patients. Dr. Cortes's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Cortes speaks Spanish.

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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 practices family medicine. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Browns include general care. Dr. Browns 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, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Browns is not accepting new patients at this time. Before completing her residency at Natividad Medical Center, Dr. Browns attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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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