We found 7 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Health Net EPO near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
106 La Casa Viaduct; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy practices pediatric pulmonology in Walnut Creek, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Emeryville, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Hardy performed her residency at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is especially interested in lung problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hardy accepts. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hardy's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Kaleyathodi Naras K. Bhat, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
2182 East Street
Concord, CA
 

Dr. K. Bhat works as an adult allergist and immunologist in Concord, CA. He attended medical school at Banaras Hindu University Institute of Medical Sciences and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. His training includes residency programs at Charity Hospital, New Orleans and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Bhat takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bhat (or staff) speaks Hindi. He also offers language support for Spanish-speaking patients. He is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Hives, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. John Lindsay Hadley, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. John Hadley's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hadley include lung problems. Dr. Hadley takes Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hadley's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Bruce F Paterson, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
1844 San Miguel Drive; #304-c
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Paterson's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Paterson at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass asthma and exercise. He is professionally affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Dr. Paterson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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All Interests: Exercise, Asthma, Medication

Dr. Richard Kops, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Richard Kops specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Concord, CA. He speaks French. In Dr. Kops's practice, he is particularly interested in pulmonary hypertension. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. He graduated from New York Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kops takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Hiromi Carmen Takekuma, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2299 Bacon Street; #2
Concord, CA
 

Dr. Hiromi Takekuma is a specialist in adult pulmonology. She works in Concord, CA. Dr. Takekuma (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Japanese, and French. Her areas of expertise include lung problems. She is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. She attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Takekuma completed her residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Takekuma has an open panel.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma

Dr. Nabil Karim Abudayeh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1220 Rossmoor Parkway
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Nabil Abudayeh specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Castro Valley, CA, Livermore, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Abudayeh (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He has a special interest in heart problems and internal medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Abudayeh attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco for residency. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Long-Term Care, Atrial Fibrillation, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Holistic Approaches, ... (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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