We found 2 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Humana Bronze HMO near West Palm Beach, FL.

Dr. Sam Michael Faradyan, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
525 Okeechobee Boulevard; 14th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Sam Faradyan is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Faradyan's clinical interests include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and snoring. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Faradyan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Faradyan (or staff) speaks Arabic and German.

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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel A Gurevich, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7305 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Gurevich's areas of specialization are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gurevich honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Brown University, Alpert Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. Dr. Gurevich speaks Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Education, Interstitial Lung Disease, ... (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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