We found 10 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Lutz, FL.

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Mr Mahesh Bhambore MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21762 State Road 54
Lutz, FL

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhambore include heart problems, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and wellness visit. Dr. Bhambore accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Vaccines, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Spirometr ... (Read more)

Pritesh Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
18928 N. Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Lutz, FL

Dr. Pritesh Patel's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include alcohol abuse, depression, and sleep apnea. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Patel 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. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Hospital Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Sle ... (Read more)

Dr Sailesh Naresh Shah DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3000 Medical Park Drive; Suite 190
Tampa, FL

Dr. Sailesh Shah is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Wesley Chapel, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Shah is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Tarak Choksi MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
18928 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL

Dr. Tarak Choksi works as a general internist and geriatrician in Lutz, FL, Tampa, FL, and Trinity, FL. He studied medicine at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Choksi's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. His areas of expertise include heart problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease. 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. Dr. Choksi (or staff) is conversant in Russian, Ukrainian, and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, Obe ... (Read more)

Marian Francis Menezes MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 2.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
3000 E Fletcher Avenue; #270
Tampa, FL

Dr. Marian Menezes' area of specialization is adult pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Menezes's clinical interests: asthma and insomnia. Dr. Menezes's professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Menezes studied medicine at St. John's Medical College. Dr. Menezes honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Menezes has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Asthma, Insomnia, Sleep Problems

Dr Ravikanth Vydyula MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 201
Land O Lakes, FL

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Tampa, FL, Wesley Chapel, FL, and Land O Lakes, FL. His areas of expertise include asthma, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Dr. Vydyula takes 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 Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Interstitial Lun ... (Read more)

Chirag Shah DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
27343 Wesley Chapel Boulevard
Wesley Chapel, FL

Dr. Chirag Shah is an adult critical care and adult pulmonology specialist. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Shah accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Hospital Tampa, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr Laura Lynn HeimbackGraham MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 100
Lutz, FL

Dr. Laura Heimback-Graham's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Heimback-Graham include asthma and mental health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Dr. Heimback-Graham attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Mental Health Issues, Asthma

Jamie A Mallah MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 4.9 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 100
Lutz, FL

Dr. Jamie Mallah's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Mallah's clinical interests include asthma. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Mallah's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Mallah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Asthma

Dr Samantha Sue Lindsay MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.25 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL

Dr. Samantha Lindsay works as a family medicine practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindsay include steroid injections, warts, and adolescent gynecology. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for her residency. Dr. Lindsay is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , Asthma

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Primary Care, Bursitis, Contraception, ... (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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