We found 3 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept United Healthcare Bronze near Brandon, FL.

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Dr. Ivan Foster Ackerman, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
402 Noland Drive
Brandon, FL

Dr. Ivan Ackerman is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Brandon, FL, Plant City, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Ackerman has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: emphysema, lung cancer, and intensive care. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ackerman attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Ackerman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Thoracentesis, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh Mohanlal Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Anesthesiology, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
500 Vonderburg Drive, East Tower; Suite #201 E
Brandon, FL

Dr. Rakesh Shah's areas of specialization are adult critical care, anesthesiology, and sleep medicine; he sees patients in Plant City, FL, Riverview, FL, and Brandon, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), bronchiectasis, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Shah attended medical school at Government Medical College and Gujarat University. He completed his residency training at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Immunodeficiency, Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen Z Baldwin, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
320 Oakfield Drive; Suite E
Brandon, FL

Dr. Karen Baldwin specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Riverview, FL and Brandon, FL. She has a special interest in cancer, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Baldwin studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Baldwin's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Carolina. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Baldwin takes.

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All Interests: Allergies, Blood Disorders, Cancer, Attention Deficit Disorder, 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.
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