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We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Atlantis, FL.

Dr. Robyn Dale Siperstein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1700 W Woolbright Road; Suite 5
Boynton Beach, FL
 

Dr. Robyn Siperstein is a pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Boynton Beach, FL and Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Siperstein's areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Siperstein honors. She attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Brett Stuart Dock, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
131 Jfk Circle; Building #130
Atlantic, FL
 

Dr. Brett Dock is a pediatric dermatologist in Atlantic, FL and Atlantis, FL. Dr. Dock's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dock accepts. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Dock's professional affiliations include JFK Medical Center and Bethesda Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

Dr. Ellis Jon Gottesfeld, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
7730 Boynton Beach Boulevard; Suite 4
Boynton Beach, FL
 

Dr. Ellis Gottesfeld is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gottesfeld include nail issues, psoriasis, and birthmark. The average patient rating for Dr. Gottesfeld is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Gottesfeld is professionally affiliated with Bethesda Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Salvatore Dibacco, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
5053 S Congress Avenue; Suite 204
Lake Worth, FL
 

Dr. Robert Dibacco is a surgical dermatology specialist in Atlantis, FL and Lake Worth, FL. Dr. Dibacco studied medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Dibacco is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
120 Jfk Drive; Suite 128
Atlantis, FL
 

Dr. Cristina Lampuri is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lampuri include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lampuri is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Dr. Lampuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Joseph Kuttner, PhD, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1840 Forest Hill Boulevard; Suite 102
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Barry Kuttner specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Kuttner's clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur Farrell Smith, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
6894 Lake Worth Road; Suite 201
Lake Worth, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Smith is a Lake Worth, FL physician who specializes in surgical dermatology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith is especially interested in contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Other, Surgical Dermatology
3400 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Bch, FL
 

Dr. Peggy Hunter's specialty is surgical dermatology. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Drexel University, Dr. Hunter attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Hunter is especially interested in psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Hunter (or staff) speaks Hungarian and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin Cancer

Dr. Michael Lawrence Shelling, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10075 S Jog Road; Suite #206
Boynton Beach, FL
 

Dr. Michael Shelling is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Boca Raton, FL and Boynton Beach, FL. His areas of expertise consist of academic dermatology, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Shelling is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

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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.