We found 13 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Largo, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
12199 Indian Rocks Road; Suite 2
Largo, FL

Dr. Tammy Ferro is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include the following: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and asthma. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ferro graduated from Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Ferro completed residency programs at Phoenix VA Health Care System and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Dr. Ferro (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Pulmonary Embolism, Chronic Obs ... (Read more)

Dr Mohammad Ilyas Yamani MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.48 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
5301 Park Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Mohammad Yamani is a general internist in Clearwater, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His clinical interests include trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. Dr. Yamani is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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 completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include All Care Medical, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Ms Sarah Anne Digby DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
10707 66th Street N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Sarah Digby sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Digby obtained her medical school training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Areas of expertise for Dr. Digby include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Digby honors. Dr. Digby is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr Xiomara Ramirez Ortega MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.17 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega works as a general internist. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, ... (Read more)

Dr Julie Bard Fogarty MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.9 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 320
Largo, FL

Dr. Julie Fogarty's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Fogarty's areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin Issues, Trigger Po ... (Read more)

Victor Arboleda MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.66 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
525 S Hercules Avenue; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Victor Arboleda's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Before completing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Arboleda attended medical school at Central University of Ecuador. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. Patients rated Dr. Arboleda highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Arboleda is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Trigg ... (Read more)

Michael D Saccente DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.34 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Saccente is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saccente include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saccente is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr Rajendra Kochikar Pai M D
Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Rajendra Pai is a general pediatrician in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pai accepts. Dr. Pai obtained his medical school training at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and performed 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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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

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

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

Dr. Joseph Romero practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Romero's areas of clinical interest consist of sleep study, asthma, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Romero takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Asthma

Samuel Gubernick DO
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Average rating 4.01 stars out of 5 (37 ratings)
13145 66th Street N
Largo, FL

Dr. Samuel Gubernick is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. He works in Largo, FL. His areas of expertise include asthma. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Gubernick's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at All Children's Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Gubernick is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Asthma

Dr Jaggers C Keene MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.09 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL

Dr. Jaggers Keene specializes in family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Keene is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Memorial Hermann. In addition to English, Dr. Keene speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group (Florida) and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Gastrointest ... (Read more)

Dr Venkata G Budharaju MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 4.04 stars out of 5 (23 ratings)
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL

Dr. Venkata Budharaju is an endocrinologist. His areas of expertise include menopause, annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), and migraine. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Budharaju is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Osmania Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Budharaju's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Hypertension, Migraine, Heart Problems, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, Muscul ... (Read more)

Dr Norman Urich DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 2.91 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Norman Urich practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Urich include diabetes, parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from 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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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

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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