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We found 9 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Pinellas Park, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Rao is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her professional affiliations include 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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Natoli is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. In addition to English, Dr. Natoli speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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

Dr. Sara Downs is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Downs attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Mary Jane King, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mary King works as an internist in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King accepts. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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

Dr. Michael Saccente's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Saccente average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saccente include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He honors 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. Dr. Saccente's medical residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Kirit Patel's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). 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. Patel studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. He completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Patel is professionally 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 works as a family practitioner. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Finkelstein graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard works as a family practitioner in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Howard's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. He is in-network for 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's area of specialization is family medicine. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Bellingar attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Bellingar average 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.

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All Interests: Depression, Audiometry Test, Immunization, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Physical Therapy Treatment, ... (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.