We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept First Health near Santa Monica, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1328 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein is an adult rheumatology specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lupus and arthritis. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rubenstein is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Rubenstein attended medical school at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rubenstein's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

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Specializes in Dermatology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; #1160w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Paul Yamauchi is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Yamauchi include anti-aging, acne, and psoriasis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Yamauchi honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Yamauchi attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Japanese. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Acne, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Anti-Aging, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marc Wishingrad is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wishingrad include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Wishingrad takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Wishingrad has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

All Interests: Bulimia, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1801 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Martina Wiedau practices neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Wiedau attended the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of expertise include general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Wiedau speaks German. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Wiedau is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Headache, Neck Pain, Hydrocephalus, General Neurology, ... (Read more)

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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.