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

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Ivan Foster Ackerman MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 2.41 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
402 Noland Drive
Brandon, FL

Dr. Ivan Ackerman is an adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Ackerman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Ackerman include emphysema, lung cancer, and intensive care. Dr. Ackerman's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Florida Baptist Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and South Bay Hospital. He 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. Patients gave Dr. Ackerman an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ackerman honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

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

Dr Rakesh Mohanlal Shah MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Anesthesiology, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
500 Vonderburg Drive; East Tower, Suite #201 E
Brandon, FL

Dr. Rakesh Shah's specialties are adult critical care, anesthesiology, and sleep medicine. He practices in Riverview, FL, Plant City, FL, and Brandon, FL. He is a graduate of Government Medical College and Gujarat University. Dr. Shah's training includes a residency program at Raritan Bay Medical Center. His clinical interests include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), bronchiectasis, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Shah is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include South Florida Baptist Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

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

Karen A Baldwin MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 3.77 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
602 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 101
Brandon, FL

Dr. Karen Baldwin's area of specialization is general pediatrics. She attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Carolina for residency. Dr. Baldwin has indicated that her clinical interests include cancer, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Baldwin is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

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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