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

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

Dr. Roger Fox is an allergist/immunologist in Tampa, FL. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fox include sinusitis (sinus infection), vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Fox accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.

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

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

Dr. Pritesh Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (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 is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He obtained his medical school training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In his practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Shah 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. 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, 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 works as a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah's clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's professional affiliations include 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. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 201
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Vydyula include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Vydyula 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. Dr. Vydyula is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi.

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All Interests: 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, who practices in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Plant City, FL, is a medical specialist in sleep medicine and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests include lung cancer, sleep apnea, and pulse oximetry. Patients rated Dr. Zanchi highly, giving him 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zanchi graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then he performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Zanchi (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marian Menezes specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Menezes include asthma and insomnia. Dr. Menezes takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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 professionally 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 general pediatrician in Lutz, FL. She is rated highly by her patients. Her clinical interests encompass asthma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mallah takes. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Mallah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Asthma

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

Dr. Laura Heimback-Graham's specialty is general pediatrics. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and performed her residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Heimback-Graham's areas of expertise include the following: asthma and mental health issues. She 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. She 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 area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Lindsay 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. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for her residency.

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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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