We found 12 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a general internist. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanaan accepts. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajendra Kochikar Pai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai works as a pediatrician in Clearwater, FL. He is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For his residency, Dr. Pai trained at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Dr. Pai is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road N; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Mahajan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahajan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise consist of geriatric health and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yamani's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Victor Arboleda, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Victor Arboleda is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Arboleda speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of Ecuador and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Arboleda is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Auto Injuries, Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel Gubernick, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
13145 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Gubernick is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Gubernick attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at All Children's Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gubernick include asthma. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Gubernick is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel is an anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard's specialty is family medicine. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Howard accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente works as an internal medicine hospitalist in Clearwater, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente accepts. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Norman Urich, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Norman Urich's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Urich's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in French. Dr. Urich is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Fractures, Heart Problems, Urinalysis, ... (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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