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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 works as a pediatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Watsonville, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Block speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in asthma and allergies. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Block's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Unfortunately, Dr. Block 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 area of specialization is general pediatrics. She 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, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Maufe's practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Maufe attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Browns include general care. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Browns attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. For her professional training, Dr. Browns completed a residency program at Natividad Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Browns's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 practices family medicine. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Cortes attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Cortes include general care. The average patient rating for Dr. Cortes is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cortes is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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.