We found 21 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Largo, FL.

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. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She 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. Ramirez-Ortega attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao practices general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 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. Rao accepts. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli practices general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. Dr. Natoli speaks Italian. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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

Dr. Elias Kanaan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanaan accepts. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai works as a pediatrician in Clearwater, FL. He is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For his residency, Dr. Pai trained at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Dr. Pai 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. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks 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. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road North; #2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Mahajan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahajan accepts 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: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Julie Fogarty is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Fogarty performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fogarty 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.

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

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

Dr. Mohammad Yamani sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise consist of geriatric health and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yamani's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 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.

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

Dr. Sarah Digby's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. Dr. Digby accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs' specialty is general internal medicine. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Downs completed her residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren Marie Natoli, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Lauren Natoli specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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All Interests: Depression, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Substance Abuse, Abdominal Paracentesis, Tracheal Suctioning, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Victor Arboleda is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Arboleda speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of Ecuador and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Arboleda is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Auto Injuries, Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Samuel Gubernick is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Gubernick attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at All Children's Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gubernick include asthma. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Gubernick 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.

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All Interests: Asthma

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

Dr. Kirit Patel is an anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel 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 obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Bridget Ann Bellingar, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
8588 Starkey Road; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Bridget Bellingar practices family medicine in Largo, FL and Seminole, FL. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Bellingar is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bellingar takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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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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