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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna National Advantage Program near Modesto, CA.

Dr. Farah Mahmood, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Farah Mahmood practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Mahmood (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Mahmood has indicated that her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). After completing medical school at Rawalpindi Medical College, she performed her residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. She takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahmood is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Sjogren's ... (Read more)

Dr. Shakti Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Shakti Singh is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Modesto, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Singh include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Singh's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). She is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Singh attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at VA Medical Center. Dr. Singh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary Wagner, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Gary Wagner specializes in dermatopathology. In addition to English, Dr. Wagner speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include acne, psoriasis, and skin infection. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wagner attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Raman Deep Khehra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Raman Khehra, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khehra is especially interested in general care. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Khehra (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: General Care, Celiac Disease, Colorectal 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.