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

Dr. Charles Halasz works as a surgical dermatologist in Norwalk, CT. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Halasz honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Empire BlueCross BlueShield insurance. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Halasz speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Mark Glassman specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Glassman is professionally affiliated with Westchester Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, and Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester (CWPW), LLP. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Glassman takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and Child Health Plus. He 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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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
162 Kings Highway, North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Seth Lerner's specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. He practices in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. He has a special interest in hair problems, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. His professional affiliations include Dermatology Specialists and Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Lerner attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Lerner has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Jason Wilder specializes in pediatric dermatology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Wilder graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Patient ratings for Dr. Wilder average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wilder takes Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Noonan is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. He works in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, Health Net, and more. Dr. Noonan graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Noonan completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. He is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his 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)

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

Dr. Denise Kearney works as an allergist/immunologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include allergy testing. Dr. Kearney's hospital/clinic affiliations include MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting 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 Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
148 East Avenue; Suite 3g
Norwalk, CT
 

Dr. Mark Litchman works as an allergist/immunologist in Norwalk, CT, Stamford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Litchman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Rush Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Greenwich Hospital. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Litchman honors MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. 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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Mark Oestreicher is a pediatric dermatology specialist in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. Dr. Oestreicher's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include nail issues, hair problems, and skin issues. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Oestreicher has an open panel. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College and a graduate of Albany Medical Center's residency program.

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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.