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We found 10 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Lutz, FL.

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Dr. Roger Williams Fox, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 502
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Roger Fox practices allergy & immunology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Fox's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Fox performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Asthma, Medication, Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Allergies, Angioedema, Hay ... (Read more)

Dr. Sailesh Naresh Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3000 Medical Park Drive; Suite 190
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sailesh Shah's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Shah's clinical interests encompass sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He takes 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 A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Intensive Care

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah's areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Dragos Gheorghe Zanchi, MD
Specializes in Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2329 Crestover Lane; Building 3
Wesley Chapel, FL
 

Dr. Dragos Zanchi's medical specialty is sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zanchi include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zanchi 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. Zanchi (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, Spanish, and French. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Marian Francis Menezes, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
3000 Medical Park Drive; Suite 190
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marian Menezes practices adult pulmonology in Tampa, FL. Dr. Menezes's areas of expertise include asthma and insomnia. Dr. Menezes honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Menezes graduated from St. John's Medical College. Dr. Menezes has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Menezes is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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All Interests: Asthma, Insomnia, Sleep Problems

Dr. Jamie Ann Mallah, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
4683 Van Dyke Road
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Jamie Mallah is a Lutz, FL physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Mallah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mallah include asthma. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Mallah has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes 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: Asthma

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 201
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vydyula include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. Dr. Vydyula 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. Vydyula (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Laura Lynn Heimback-Graham, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 100
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Laura Heimback-Graham's medical specialty is general pediatrics. These areas are among Dr. Heimback-Graham's clinical interests: asthma and mental health issues. She is an in-network provider for 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 the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Heimback-Graham is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Mental Health Issues, Asthma

Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Lindsay attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. 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.

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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.