We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna National Advantage Program near Modesto, CA.

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

Dr. Farah Mahmood is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Mahmood (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Mahmood's clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Mahmood graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College. She trained at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis for her residency. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to 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. Gary Wagner, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA

Dr. Gary Wagner's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wagner attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include acne, psoriasis, and skin infection. Dr. Wagner's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Wagner has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Infection, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis, Acne

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

Dr. Raman Khehra is an adult gastroenterology specialist. In Dr. Khehra's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Khehra (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Khehra's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is accepting 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.
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