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

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Dr. Tammy Linh Nguyen Ferro, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
12199 Indian Rocks Road; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Tammy Ferro, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Ferro (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Her clinical interests include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and asthma. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. She graduated from Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Phoenix VA Health Care System and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Dr. Ferro accepts 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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All Interests: Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Acute ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mohammad Yamani sees patients in Clearwater, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Vietnamese. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise include trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Yamani 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: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
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. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Northside Hospital and Heart Institute's residency program. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. Dr. Digby is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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

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

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. 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's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors 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: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Bard Fogarty, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 320
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Julie Fogarty is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Fogarty performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fogarty accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Ear Problems, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Victor Arboleda works as an internist in Clearwater, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arboleda's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Arboleda attended Central University of Ecuador for medical school. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Auto Injuries, Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Saccente specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Dr. Saccente is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saccente attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pai 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 honors. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Pai's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Joseph Romero, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Romero's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romero include 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. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Romero attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His hospital/clinic 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 practices pediatric allergy & immunology in Largo, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include asthma. Dr. Gubernick's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at All Children's Hospital. Dr. Gubernick's average patient rating is 4.0 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. Gubernick takes.

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

Dr. Jaggers Keene practices family medicine in Largo, FL. Dr. Keene attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann. Areas of expertise for Dr. Keene include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Keene speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, well woman care, and migraine. Dr. Budharaju's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Budharaju honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Osmania Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Gynecologic Cancer, Hypertension, Ear Problems, Migraine, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Norman Urich's medical specialty is family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include diabetes, parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Urich accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Urich studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Urich (or staff) speaks French, Polish, and Russian. He is professionally 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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