We found 66 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept First Health near Coral Gables, FL.

Dr. Jorge Miguel Ortega, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
242 Nw Lejeune Road; Third Floor
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Ortega is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Ortega is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and performed his residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ortega's hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, HIV/AIDS, Emphysema

Dr. Gladys L Vazquez, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7800 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite C-350, Primary Office
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Gladys Vazquez is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. In Dr. Vazquez's practice, she is particularly interested in acne, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. After attending CETEC University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Vazquez is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Acne, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Asthma

Dr. Frank J Martell, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Allergy & Immunology
475 Biltmore Way; Suite 311
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Frank Martell specializes in primary care and adult allergy & immunology and practices in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise consist of immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Dr. Martell is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. 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. Martell is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Kunjana Mavunda, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
6280 Sw 72 Street; Suite 607
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Kunjana Mavunda is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in South Miami, FL, Naples, FL, and Homestead, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep disorders, asthma, and travel medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Mavunda is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Mavunda has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Mavunda (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Polish. Her professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Travel Medicine, Asthma

Dr. Ruben D Penaranda, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1150 Campo Sano Avenue; Suite 400
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Ruben Penaranda practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He has a special interest in emphysema and asthma. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Penaranda obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Penaranda has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Doctors Hospital.

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All Interests: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema

Dr. Ana Maria Lamas, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2000 Sw 27 Avenue; Suite 301
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Ana Lamas practices allergy & immunology. Dr. Lamas graduated from Yale School of Medicine. She trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. Her clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lamas 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lamas include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Lamas speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Michael John Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6855 Red Road
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Michael Hernandez specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Miami, FL, Coral Gables, FL, and South Miami, FL. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). His professional affiliations include Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. 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: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elena Marta Ubals, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
475 Biltmore Way; Suite 209
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Elena Ubals works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Miami, FL, Miami Lakes, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. She has a special interest in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Patient ratings for Dr. Ubals average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ubals takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ubals is a graduate of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the University of Santiago de Compostela. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Broward Health North, Memorial Hospital West, and Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Pedro Lopez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, General Pediatrics
3311 Ponce De Leon
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Lopez specializes in pediatric endocrinology and general pediatrics and practices in Coral Gables, FL. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lopez's areas of expertise include the following: parasitic infection, acne, and asthma. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lopez attended medical school at the University of Havana School of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Ama Physician Recognition Award. Dr. Lopez is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Parasitic Infection, Acne, Asthma

Dr. Antonio Emilio Blanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7775 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Blanco sees patients in Homestead, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Blanco is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Blanco include diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Blanco's average patient rating is 2.5 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. Blanco takes.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Migraine, Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Acne, Emphysema, Smoking ... (Read more)

Dr. Margarita Liliana Taboas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7800 Sw 87th Avenue; Suite C-350
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Margarita Taboas' specialty is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include obesity, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and down syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Taboas accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at UNC Hospitals. She speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Preventive Care, Acne, Obesity, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alejandro Loynaz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2601 Douglas Road; Suite 505
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alejandro Loynaz is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Loynaz's clinical interests include bell's palsy, migraine, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Chicago Medical School, Dr. Loynaz attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Central University of the East School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Loynaz speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Depression, Incontinence, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Back Problems, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Javier Perez Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6855 Red Road
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Perez-Fernandez's areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Before completing his residency at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Perez-Fernandez attended medical school at the University of Navarra School of Medicine. He takes 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: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adriana Maria Maria Del Valle Bonansea Frances, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9035 Sunset Drive; Suite 202
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Adriana Bonansea-Frances' area of specialization is allergy & immunology. She has a special interest in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Dr. Bonansea-Frances accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She obtained her medical school training at National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed her residency at Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Bonansea-Frances is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Allergies

Dr. Alejandro Augusto Cordero, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8500 Sw 92 Street; Suite 102
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alejandro Cordero is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences and performed his residency at New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Cordero's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and migraine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Cordero speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Jose Mangas, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
9200 Sw 72nd Street; Building 4 Suite 100
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Mangas is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, emphysema, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Dr. Mangas's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Mangas attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at West Suburban Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mangas include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Snoring, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (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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