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

Dr. Douglas Alan Blose, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
111 W Beverly Boulevard; Suite #208
Montebello, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Blose practices pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology in Downey, CA, Huntington Park, CA, and Montebello, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Blose average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin of color. Dr. Blose honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Blose attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Francis Hospital and PIH Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

Dr. Tommy Ho-Yin Chen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
12533 Washington Boulevard; #a
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Tommy Chen is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. In addition, he offers language support for Spanish-speaking patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Chen is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen honors.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Don Friday King, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
7937 S. Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Don King works as a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon in Whittier, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Patients gave Dr. King an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. King is affiliated with PIH Health.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

Dr. Patrick Lee Dominguez, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
12462 Putnam Street; #501
Whittier, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Dominguez sees patients in Whittier, CA and Torrance, CA. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Dominguez's areas of clinical interest consist of academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin of color. He is affiliated with PIH Health. Dr. Dominguez graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dominguez accepts.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

Dr. Linda Wong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
12801 Crossroads Parkway South
City of Industry, CA
 

Dr. Linda Wong's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology; she sees patients in City of Industry, CA and Baldwin Park, CA. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Wong is especially interested in phototherapy (light therapy) and psoriasis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Wong has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors 2008. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

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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.