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We found 9 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Guardian near Ansonia, CT.

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Pulmonology
4 Corporate Drive; Suite 268
Shelton, CT
 

Dr. Nelson Chao is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology and adult pulmonology. Dr. Chao's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Chao graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. He trained at Cabrini Medical Center for residency. Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Chinese.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Ear Infection, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4 Corporate Drive; Suite 292
Shelton, CT
 

Dr. Neil Smerling's specialty is general internal medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Smerling performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Smerling is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hepatitis, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
400 Main Street
Ansonia, CT
 

Dr. Douglas Curtiss is a general pediatrician. He is rated highly by his patients. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Curtiss is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Curtiss performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Curtiss (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Immunization, Allergies, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Robert L Lavallee Jr., MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
20 Westfield Avenue
Ansonia, CT
 

Dr. Robert Lavallee works as a general pediatrician in Ansonia, CT and New Haven, CT. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to English, Dr. Lavallee speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lavallee is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Physical Exams, Obesity, Immunization, Asthma

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
111 New Haven Avenue; Unit #5
Derby, CT
 

Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur is a general pediatrician in New Haven, CT and Derby, CT. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Jackson-McArthur accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jackson-McArthur is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Howard University College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Nutrition Counseling, Sports Health, Obesity, Immunization, Ear Infection, Lead Poisoning, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
264 Amity Road; Suite 101
Woodbridge, CT
 

Dr. M. Marer specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Marer (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian and French. Dr. Marer is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Marer honors Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Hepatitis, Metabolism, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fadi Mohamad Hammoud, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
400 Main Street
Ansonia, CT
 

Dr. Fadi Hammoud works as an adolescent medicine specialist. Dr. Hammoud (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hammoud is a graduate of the University of Granada Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Child Abuse, Hearing Test, Sports Health, Immunization, Ear Infection, Eating Disorders, Allergies, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Other, Pediatric Sleep Medicine
4 Corporate Drive; Suite 280
Shelton, CT
 

Dr. Eric Baum is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and pediatric sleep medicine. He works in Madison, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Baum honors Guardian, MultiPlan, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Baum is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Surgery, Tinnitus, Tumor, Dizziness, Down Syndrome, Ear Infection, Neck ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
20 Westfield Avenue
Ansonia, CT
 

Dr. Gerald Germano is a medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Germano average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Germano's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Germano's practice is open to new patients. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Children's National Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Respiratory Infection, Hay Fever, Asthma

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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.