We found 30 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept TRICARE near Bridgeport, CT.

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Neil Smerling works as an internist in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Smerling attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Smerling at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smerling's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
111 Beach Road; 3rd Floor
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Faye Ahmadian works as an internist in Fairfield, CT and New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Ahmadian's residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmadian takes. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4699 Main Street; Suite 102
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fahmi's education and training includes medical school at Sir Salimullah Medical College and residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. In addition to English, Dr. Fahmi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fahmi's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Electrolyte ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6580 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Leonid Karkanitsa sees patients in Hamden, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Karkanitsa is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After attending Minsk State Medical Institute for medical school, he completed his residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Karkanitsa (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Belarusian, and French.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Electrolyte ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2900 Main Street; Suite 3c
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Michael Connolly's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. He practices in Stratford, CT and New Haven, CT. Patients rated Dr. Connolly highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, he performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Connolly's office for an appointment.

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

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Adult Allergy & Immunology
55 Walls Drive; Suite 405
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Irena Veksler's specialties are pediatric allergy & immunology and adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Veksler takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for residency. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Veksler is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Eczema, Hay Fever, Cough, Hives, Asthma, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
55 Walls Drive; Suite 405
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Kenneth Backman is an allergist/immunologist. Dr. Backman has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Backman attended Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunization, Ear Infection, Conjunctivitis, Hives, Food Allergy, Respiratory ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2475 North Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Mary Paramanathan practices general pediatrics in Monroe, CT, New Haven, CT, and Newtown, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Paramanathan is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Jaffna Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Paramanathan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Greek, and Tamil.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Adoption Issues, Sports Health, Physical Exams, Consultation, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
4775 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Cutney is a general internist and general pediatrician. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Cutney trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Cutney average 1.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cutney accepts. Dr. Cutney is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
111 Beach Road; 3rd Floor
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. David Lastomirsky's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is in-network for Guardian, MultiPlan, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lastomirsky's education and training includes medical school at New York Medical College and residency at Bridgeport Hospital. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Immunization, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Sinus Problems, Acid ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
52 Beach Road; Suite 107
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Catherine Kumaradhas practices general internal medicine. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kumaradhas honors. Dr. Kumaradhas is accepting new patients. For her professional training, Dr. Kumaradhas completed a residency program at Griffin Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Asthma

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2875 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Roberta Lockhart's specialty is general pediatrics. She studied medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. For her professional training, Dr. Lockhart completed a residency program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Lockhart's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Lockhart speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Child Abuse, Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Counseling, Sports Health, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
888 White Plains Road; Suite 214
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Jay Esposito's area of specialization is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Esposito is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Esposito takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Esposito speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Physical Exams, Newborn Care, Asthma, Sinus Problems

Specializes in General Pediatrics
2875 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Harry Kipperman is a pediatrician in Milford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Stratford, CT. In addition to English, Dr. Kipperman speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patients gave Dr. Kipperman an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Physical Exams, Lead Poisoning, Attention Deficit Disorder, Travel Medicine, Asthma

Specializes in General Pediatrics
471 Barnum Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Umanga Dawlagala's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Dawlagala accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She trained at Harlem Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Dawlagala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Sinhala. Dr. Dawlagala is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Physical Exams, Immunization, Ear Infection, Lead Poisoning, Allergies, Asthma

Specializes in Otolaryngology
4675 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Edward Lane is an otolaryngologist in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lane's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lane is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lane (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lane is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Tinnitus, Tumor, Hearing Evaluation, Dizziness, Allergies, Nose Reconstruction, Balance Disorders, ... (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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