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

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

Dr. Mark Glassman is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Glassman takes Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Child Health Plus, and more. He studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Glassman trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Westchester Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, and Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester (CWPW), LLP. His practice is open to 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)

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

Dr. Charles Halasz is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Halasz's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in psoriasis, laser surgery, and skin cancer. He is affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Empire BlueCross BlueShield insurance. Dr. Halasz graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Norwalk Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Surgery

Dr. Denise Marie Kearney, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
106 Noroton Avenue
Darien, CT
 

Dr. Denise Kearney's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kearney include allergy testing. Dr. Kearney is affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she performed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kearney's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mark Litchman, who practices in Norwalk, CT, Stamford, CT, and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Litchman's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Litchman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Noonan specializes in pediatric dermatology. Dr. Noonan graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Noonan accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Noonan 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Jason Wilder works as a pediatric dermatologist in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wilder honors. Dr. Wilder is open to new patients. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Mark Oestreicher's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oestreicher studied medicine at Albany Medical College. His residency was performed at Albany Medical Center. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Oestreicher's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Seth Lerner specializes in pediatric dermatology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lerner is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, Health Net, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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