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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Loma Linda, CA.

Dr. Cathy Anne Macknet Kasner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
25815 Barton Road; Suite 101
Loma Linda, CA
 

Dr. Cathy Macknet's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Macknet's education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Macknet has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Dr. Nancy J Anderson, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
11370 Anderson Street; Suite 2600
Loma Linda, CA
 

Dr. Nancy Anderson practices surgical dermatology in Loma Linda, CA and Red Bluff, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Kenneth Dale Macknet Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
25815 Barton Road; Suite 101
Loma Linda, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Macknet is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon. His areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Macknet average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Macknet takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Macknet attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Macknet is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Steven E Hodgkin, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
415 Orange Street
Redlands, CA
 

Dr. Steven Hodgkin is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon in Victorville, CA and Redlands, CA. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: contact dermatitis, hair problems, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Patient ratings for Dr. Hodgkin average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
125 Kansas Street
Redlands, CA
 

Dr. John Zdrojewski practices pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zdrojewski include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
255 Terracina Boulevard; Suite 206
Redlands, CA
 

Dr. Fred Soeprono's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Soeprono include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

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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.