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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Castro Valley, CA.

Dr. Vishal Ghevariya MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
19845 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 104
Castro Valley, CA
(510) 537-4415

Dr. Vishal Ghevariya is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Ghevariya's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Ghevariya attended medical school at the University of Mumbai, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Ghevariya (or staff) speaks Chinese and Russian. He also offers language support for patients who speak Gujarati, Hindi, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Rose Hospital and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colonoscopy with propofol sedation, Colorectal cancer, Colorectal cancer screening, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Steven Mann MD
Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease)
20055 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 250
Castro Valley, CA
(510) 886-7122

Dr. Barry Mann is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Mann has a special interest in neurological disorders. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mann graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Eden Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neurology, Alzheimer's disease, Balance and gait disorders, Carpal tunnel, Cerebrovascular disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. John William Weiss MD, FAAD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
20055 Lake Chabot Road; Suite 150
Castro Valley, CA
(510) 537-3111; (510) 881-7822

Dr. John Weiss works as a surgical dermatologist in Castro Valley, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Weiss's hospital/clinic affiliations include Eden Medical Center and St. Rose Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weiss honors. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His training includes residency programs at Michael Reese Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Hair Disorders, Medical Dermatology, Nail Disorders, Phototherapy, Psoriasis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1300 Bancroft Avenue; Suite 205
San Leandro, CA
(510) 686-3894

Dr. John Doux is a San Leandro, CA physician who specializes in surgical dermatology. In Dr. Doux's practice, he is particularly interested in psoriasis and skin cancer. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Doux at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Medical Dermatology, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer


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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.