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 is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Norwalk, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Halasz include birthmark removal, juvederm, and rosacea. Patient reviews placed Dr. Halasz at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Oxford Health Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Halasz attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut and Norwalk Hospital. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Western Connecticut Health Network.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave Dr. Glassman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Child Health Plus, and more. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Glassman's 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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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Mark Oestreicher practices pediatric dermatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Oestreicher average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Oestreicher honors Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College and a graduate of Albany Medical Center's residency program. 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, Sclerotherapy, Laser Hair ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Denise Kearney is a specialist in allergy & immunology. She is especially interested in allergy testing. She is professionally affiliated with MidState Medical Center and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kearney is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Kearney is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Noonan specializes in pediatric dermatology and practices in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westport, CT. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Noonan attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Noonan's residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. He is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
162 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
 

Dr. Jason Wilder specializes in pediatric dermatology. Before performing his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, Dr. Wilder attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Wilder average 4.0 stars out of 5. Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wilder honors. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 an allergy & immunology specialist. Before completing his residency at Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Litchman attended medical school at Rush Medical College. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes MultiPlan, Anthem, Health Net, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Litchman 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)

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

Dr. Seth Lerner specializes in pediatric dermatology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lerner takes several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lerner is accepting new patients.

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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.
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