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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Her average patient rating is 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. Ramirez-Ortega honors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan practices general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Mahajan is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Mahajan 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. He is a graduate of the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. He trained at Maimonides Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Mohammad Yamani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Yamani focuses on geriatric health and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Yamani graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. Dr. Yamani trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Victor Arboleda's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. Dr. Arboleda is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before performing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Arboleda attended Central University of Ecuador for medical school. Dr. Arboleda is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Elias Kanaan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Kanaan's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes and alzheimer's disease. 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. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). In addition to English, Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Kanaan's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai works as a pediatrician. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Pai attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school. His areas of expertise consist of hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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. Samuel Gubernick, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
13145 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Gubernick specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology and practices in Largo, FL. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Gubernick focuses on asthma. Dr. Gubernick is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at All Children's Hospital. Dr. Gubernick is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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

Dr. Kirit Patel's specialties are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He 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. Before completing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein is a graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Jason Howard is a family practitioner in Largo, FL. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Howard studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Howard is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Saccente sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is adult hospital medicine. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Saccente completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Clinical interests for Dr. Saccente include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. Patient ratings for Dr. Saccente average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saccente honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 works as a family medicine practitioner. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Urich honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urich speaks French. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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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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