We found 3 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Silver Compass HSA 3600 near Brandon, FL.

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Dr. Ivan Foster Ackerman, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
402 Noland Drive
Brandon, FL

Dr. Ivan Ackerman is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ackerman include emphysema, lung cancer, and intensive care. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ackerman obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Ackerman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include South Florida Baptist Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and South Bay Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Lung Cancer, Asthma, Thoracentesis, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh Mohanlal Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Anesthesiology, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
500 Vonderburg Drive, East Tower; Suite #201 E
Brandon, FL

Dr. Rakesh Shah's medical specialty is adult critical care, anesthesiology, and sleep medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), bronchiectasis, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Shah is affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Government Medical College and Gujarat University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Raritan Bay Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi.

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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Immunodeficiency, Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Sarcoidosis, Influenza, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen Z Baldwin, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
320 Oakfield Drive; Suite E
Brandon, FL

Dr. Karen Baldwin is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Patients gave Dr. Baldwin an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: cancer, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Carolina, Dr. Baldwin attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Allergies, Blood Disorders, Cancer, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma




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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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