We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Norwalk, CT.

Dr. Charles Ludvig Gabriel Halasz, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
149 East Avenue; Suite 20
Norwalk, CT
 

Dr. Charles Halasz works as a dermatologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Halasz include birthmark removal, juvederm, and rosacea. He is professionally affiliated with Norwalk Hospital. Before performing his residency at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut and Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Halasz attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Halasz's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Oxford Health Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Psoriasis, Birthmark Removal, Juvederm, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Laser Surgery, Venous ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark S Glassman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
148 East Avenue; Suite 2n
Norwalk, CT
 

Dr. Mark Glassman works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Glassman is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Child Health Plus, and more. Dr. Glassman speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Norwalk Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, and Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester (CWPW), LLP. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Pain, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Mark Oestreicher sees patients in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. His medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, Dr. Oestreicher completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Oestreicher welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Noonan is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Noonan attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. Dr. Noonan is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Sclerotherapy, Laser Hair ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
148 East Avenue; Suite 3g
Norwalk, CT
 

Dr. Mark Litchman is a specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Litchman has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Litchman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Food Allergy, Respiratory Infection, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Jason Wilder's specialty is pediatric dermatology. Dr. Wilder has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, Dr. Wilder attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Wilder is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway, North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Seth Lerner is a pediatric dermatologist in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lerner graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lerner's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Sclerotherapy, Laser Hair ... (Read more)

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
106 Noroton Avenue
Darien, CT
 

Dr. Denise Kearney is an allergy & immunology specialist in Darien, CT and New Haven, CT. Before performing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Kearney attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kearney is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Ear Infection, Conjunctivitis, Hives, ... (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.
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