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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Glassman's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), and Child Health Plus, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Glassman attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Glassman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Westchester Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, and Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester (CWPW), LLP. He has an open panel.

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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 practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Norwalk, CT. He speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Halasz focuses on psoriasis, laser surgery, and skin cancer. Dr. Halasz is professionally affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network. Before performing his residency at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut and Norwalk Hospital, Dr. Halasz attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Halasz is an in-network provider for 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: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Surgery

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

Dr. Denise Kearney works as an allergist/immunologist in Cheshire, CT, Darien, CT, and New Haven, CT. She has indicated that her clinical interests include allergy testing. She is professionally affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kearney honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kearney's office for an appointment. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her residency was performed at Jacobi Medical Center.

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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 Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Noonan works as a pediatric dermatologist. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Noonan completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Noonan honors. His professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Noonan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Jason Wilder's specialty is pediatric dermatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wilder is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Wilder's education and training includes medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Mark Oestreicher is a pediatric dermatology specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Oestreicher is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Albany Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Oestreicher completed a residency program at Albany Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Mark Litchman practices allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net. Dr. Litchman graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Litchman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Seth Lerner's area of specialization is pediatric dermatology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Lerner performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, Health Net, and more. Dr. Lerner welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cyst, 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.