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We found 68 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept First Health near Coral Gables, FL.

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

Dr. Gladys Vazquez works as a general pediatrician. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in acne, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vazquez takes. After attending CETEC University School of Medicine, Dr. Vazquez completed her residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Jorge Miguel Ortega, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
242 Nw Lejeune Road
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Ortega is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Miami, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ortega is especially interested in sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. His professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. Before completing his residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Ortega attended medical school at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA). Dr. Ortega honors 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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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, HIV/AIDS, Emphysema

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

Dr. Michael Hernandez is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Hernandez attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Frank Martell is a primary care doctor and adult allergist and immunologist in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. 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. Dr. Martell is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Martell's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Antonio Blanco practices general internal medicine in Homestead, FL and Miami, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blanco 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. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Blanco speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Alejandro Loynaz specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Miami, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Loynaz 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. Dr. Loynaz attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Central University of the East School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Loynaz speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Kunjana Mavunda is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in South Miami, FL, Naples, FL, and Homestead, FL. Dr. Mavunda's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and travel medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Mavunda trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for her residency. Her distinctions include: 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.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Travel Medicine, Asthma

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

Dr. Javier Perez-Fernandez practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in South Miami, FL, Miami, FL, and Coral Gables, FL. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez-Fernandez honors. 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. Dr. Perez-Fernandez speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Snoring, Cancer, 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. After attending Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the University of Santiago de Compostela for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). In Dr. Ubals's practice, she is particularly interested in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Patient ratings for Dr. Ubals average 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Ubals speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Broward Health North, Memorial Hospital West, and Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

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

Dr. Ruben Penaranda works as an intensivist and pulmonologist in Coral Gables, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in emphysema and asthma. Dr. Penaranda 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 studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Penaranda speaks Spanish. Dr. Penaranda's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Doctors Hospital.

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All Interests: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema

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

Dr. Adriana Bonansea-Frances sees patients in Miami, FL and Homestead, FL. Her medical specialty is allergy & immunology. She has a special interest in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Dr. Bonansea-Frances is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bonansea-Frances is a graduate of National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences. She trained at Floating Hospital for Children for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, 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 is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in parasitic infection, acne, and asthma. Dr. Lopez is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Lopez takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Lopez has received professional recognition including the following: Ama Physician Recognition Award.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Parasitic Infection, Acne, Asthma

Dr. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
6705 Red Road; Suite 520
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella is a specialist in allergy & immunology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Piniella include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Piniella honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cabrini Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Piniella speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Immunization, Food Allergy, Skin Cancer, Allergy Testing, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael P Pacin, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
9035 Sunset Drive; Suite 202
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Michael Pacin practices allergy & immunology in Miami, FL, Palmetto Bay, FL, and Miami Beach, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pacin's areas of clinical interest consist of immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pacin include: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Margarita Taboas is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Taboas speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include obesity, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and acne. She is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Taboas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

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

Dr. Alejandro Cordero's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Cordero is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include knee problems, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and migraine. His professional affiliations include West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cordero's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Cordero's residency was performed at New York Hospital Queens. He speaks Spanish.

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