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

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

Dr. Neil Smerling is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Smerling attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Patient reviews placed Dr. Smerling at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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

Specializes in General Pediatrics
400 Main Street
Ansonia, CT
 

Dr. Douglas Curtiss practices general pediatrics. Dr. Curtiss has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 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's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Lavallee studied medicine at New York Medical College. His residency was performed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lavallee is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Nelson Chao specializes in adult allergy & immunology and adult pulmonology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Chao takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. He trained at Cabrini Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Chinese. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chao's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur's specialty is general pediatrics. Patients rated Dr. Jackson-McArthur highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Jackson-McArthur attended Howard University College of Medicine for medical school. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Jackson-McArthur's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. M. Marer's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Marer at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Marer trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Marer (or staff) speaks Hungarian and French. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice 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, who practices in Ansonia, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adolescent medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Hammoud (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Hammoud is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Granada Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hammoud's medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to 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)

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

Dr. Gerald Germano is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist in Ansonia, CT and New Haven, CT. Before performing his residency at Children's National Medical Center, Dr. Germano attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Germano is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Germano has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Eric Baum practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and pediatric sleep medicine. Dr. Baum takes several insurance carriers, including Guardian, MultiPlan, and Anthem. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Baum's practice is open to new patients.

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