We found 9 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega practices general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani is an internist in Clearwater, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. Patient ratings for Dr. Yamani average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yamani takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Sound Shore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Vietnamese. Dr. Yamani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's area of specialization is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Saccente a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Saccente attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency.

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Dr. Rajendra Kochikar Pai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai specializes in general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pai attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Behavior Problems, Hay Fever, Infections

Dr. Victor Arboleda, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Victor Arboleda works as a general internist. Dr. Arboleda is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Arboleda is a graduate of Central University of Ecuador and a graduate of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center's residency program. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arboleda honors.

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Dr. Joseph Romero, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Romero is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Clearwater, FL. His clinical interests encompass sleep study, asthma, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romero takes. He obtained his medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Asthma, Shortness of Breath

Dr. Samuel Gubernick, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
13145 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Gubernick's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gubernick include asthma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gubernick's training includes a residency program at All Children's Hospital. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Patients rated Dr. Keene highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Keene performed his residency at Memorial Hermann. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Norman Urich, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Norman Urich's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include diabetes, parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Urich 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 A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urich (or staff) speaks the following languages: French, Polish, and Russian. Dr. Urich is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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All Interests: Urinalysis, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Asthma, Injuries, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's Disease, Anxiety, ... (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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