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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net HMO near Stockton, CA.

Dr. Robert An-Kuo Lee, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
200 W Arbor Drive; Mc 8420
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee, who practices in San Diego, CA and Santa Rosa, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Lee performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests include skin issues. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Issues, Melanoma, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Acne

Dr. John Richard Pedrotty Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1222 1st Street; Suite 1
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. John Pedrotty specializes in family medicine. He attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Pedrotty include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pedrotty accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory James Wiener, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353 Church Avenue; # A
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Wiener sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. After completing medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Wiener performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wiener speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Erick Humberto Alayo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Alayo include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Alayo is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (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.