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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare 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 is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Blose is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blose include psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin of color. He is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital and PIH Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to 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.

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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 works as a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist in Pasadena, CA and Whittier, CA. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Chen attended Emory University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Chen average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. He also offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health.

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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 specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Whittier, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. King include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Patient ratings for Dr. King average 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. King graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 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 specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Dominguez is especially interested in academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin of color. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

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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.