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, who practices in Norwalk, CT, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include birthmark removal, juvederm, and rosacea. Dr. Halasz is professionally affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Oxford Health Plans. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut and Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Halasz is conversant in Spanish.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Glassman is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Child Health Plus, and more. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Westchester Medical Center, Western Connecticut Health Network, and Children's & Women's Physicians of Westchester (CWPW), LLP. Dr. Glassman 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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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Mark Oestreicher's area of specialization is pediatric dermatology. Dr. Oestreicher attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Albany Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, Health Net, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Oestreicher has an open panel.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Noonan accepts. Dr. Noonan graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. His professional 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)

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

Dr. Mark Litchman specializes in allergy & immunology. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Litchman trained at Greenwich Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Litchman honors. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a pediatric dermatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Wilder average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wilder's training includes a residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx.

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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's specialty is pediatric dermatology. Dr. Lerner has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Lerner attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine.

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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 works as an allergist/immunologist in Darien, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Kearney is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kearney 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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