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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 87 Avenue; Suite C-350
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Gladys Vazquez's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Vazquez's education and training includes medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Her areas of expertise include acne, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Vazquez speaks Spanish. She is 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's specialty is adult pulmonology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, emphysema, and asthma. Dr. Ortega is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. He attended the University of Santiago de Compostela and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and then went on to complete his residency at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ortega honors.

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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 an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Miami, FL and Coral Gables, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: sleep disorders, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Hernandez 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. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Doctors Hospital.

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Dr. Alejandro Nestor 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. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and Central University of the East School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Chicago Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Loynaz include bell's palsy, migraine, and thyroid problems. Dr. Loynaz's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Loynaz is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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

Dr. Kunjana Mavunda practices pediatric pulmonology. Dr. Mavunda trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for her residency. Her areas of expertise include sleep disorders, asthma, and travel medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Mavunda is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mavunda include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Mavunda (or staff) speaks 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. Elena Marta Ubals, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
475 Biltmore Way; Suite 209
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Elena Ubals' area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Ubals has a special interest in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the University of Santiago de Compostela and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Ubals is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ubals is professionally affiliated with 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. Frank J Martell, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Allergy & Immunology
475 Biltmore Way; Suite 311
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Frank Martell practices primary care and adult allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Martell include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Martell's professional 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. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include diabetes, emphysema, and migraine. Dr. Blanco is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, and Homestead Hospital. Dr. Blanco takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Blanco attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Javier Perez 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Perez-Fernandez include sleep disorders, emphysema, and cancer. He 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 the University of Navarra School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Perez-Fernandez trained at VA Caribbean Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perez-Fernandez is professionally affiliated with 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. Pedro Lopez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, General Pediatrics
3311 Ponce De Leon
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Lopez works as a pediatric endocrinologist and pediatrician in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Coral Gables, FL. Dr. Lopez's areas of expertise consist of parasitic infection, acne, and asthma. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lopez accepts. After attending Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Lopez completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Ama Physician Recognition Award. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Parasitic Infection, Acne, Asthma

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

Dr. Ruben Penaranda is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist. He has a special interest in emphysema and asthma. Dr. Penaranda takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Penaranda attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Penaranda is affiliated with 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 works as an allergist/immunologist. Dr. Bonansea-Frances attended National University of Rosario, Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Floating Hospital for Children for residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. She 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. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bonansea-Frances 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. Peter Andres Martinez-Noda, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
7000 Sw 97 Avenue; Suite 101
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Peter Martinez-Noda's areas of specialization are family medicine, adolescent medicine, and general pediatrics; he sees patients in Miami, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), depression, and acne. Dr. Martinez-Noda's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Martinez-Noda trained at Miami Children's Hospital for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Martinez-Noda accepts 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. Carlos Jesus Piniella, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
6705 Red Road; Suite 520
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Piniella is an allergist/immunologist. His clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. Dr. Piniella's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Piniella's training includes a residency program at Cabrini Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Piniella is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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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's specialty is allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Pacin average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pacin has a special interest in immunization (preventive vaccines), asthma, and food allergy. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Pacin has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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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 pediatrician in Miami, FL and Pinecrest, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Taboas include obesity, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and acne. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Taboas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Taboas is conversant in Spanish.

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