We found 13 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Largo, FL.

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Dr. Tammy Linh Nguyen Ferro, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
12199 Indian Rocks Road; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Tammy Ferro works as an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in Largo, FL. Her areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and asthma. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ferro is a graduate of Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ferro's residency was performed at Phoenix VA Health Care System and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Dr. Ferro (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital (Georgia), and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Acute ... (Read more)

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. These areas are among Dr. Yamani's clinical interests: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College, Dr. Yamani performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Yamani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Digby include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. She 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. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Digby completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Digby's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a general internist in Clearwater, FL. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. On average, patients gave Dr. Ramirez-Ortega a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Julie Bard Fogarty, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 320
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Julie Fogarty's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated Dr. Fogarty highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fogarty include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fogarty accepts. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University, Dr. Fogarty attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Ear Problems, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Victor Arboleda's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Arboleda is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Arboleda obtained his medical school training at Central University of Ecuador and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Auto Injuries, Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's medical specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Patient reviews placed Dr. Saccente at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. Dr. Saccente is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai is a general pediatrician in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pai honors. He obtained his medical school training at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Pai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Joseph Romero, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Romero's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Romero include sleep study, asthma, and sleep apnea. Dr. Romero's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Romero completed a residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Asthma, Shortness of Breath

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

Dr. Samuel Gubernick specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. In his practice, Dr. Gubernick focuses on asthma. Dr. Gubernick's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing his residency at All Children's Hospital, Dr. Gubernick attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. On average, patients gave Dr. Gubernick a rating of 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.

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Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Keene's clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 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. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Keene is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and depression. Dr. Budharaju has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Gynecologic Cancer, Hypertension, Ear Problems, Migraine, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Norman Urich practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Urich (or staff) speaks the following languages: French, Polish, and Russian. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis. Dr. Urich is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Urich an average rating of 3.0 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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All Interests: Urinalysis, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Asthma, Injuries, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's Disease, Anxiety, ... (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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