We found 3 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept United Healthcare Bronze near Brandon, FL.

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

Dr. Ivan Ackerman practices adult pulmonology in Brandon, FL, Plant City, FL, and Tampa, FL. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Ackerman attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include emphysema, lung cancer, and intensive care. The average patient rating for Dr. Ackerman is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Ackerman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Ackerman is affiliated with 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 practices adult critical care, anesthesiology, and sleep medicine in Riverview, FL, Plant City, FL, and Brandon, FL. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), bronchiectasis, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). He is affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He attended medical school at Government Medical College and Gujarat University. Dr. Shah's medical residency was performed at Raritan Bay Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Riverview, FL and Brandon, FL. 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 areas of expertise include cancer, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Baldwin's 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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