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 works as a pediatrician. He graduated from Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. His residency was performed at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Block has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma and allergies. Dr. Block's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, Dr. Block is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Sarah Maufe practices general pediatrics. Dr. Maufe is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maufe honors. 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. 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 rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cortes is especially interested in general care. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Cortes has an open panel.

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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 is a family practice physician. She is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. Her training includes a residency program at Natividad Medical Center. Dr. Browns's clinical interests include general care. Dr. Browns's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Browns takes. 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

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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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