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We found 3 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 works as a rheumatologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Mahmood is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Mahmood attended Rawalpindi Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Mahmood (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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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 practices dermatology (skin disorders). He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wagner's areas of expertise include the following: acne, psoriasis, and skin infection. The average patient rating for Dr. Wagner is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wagner accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Wagner's office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khehra's areas of expertise include general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Khehra (or staff) speaks 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.