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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Brandon, FL.

Dr. Jose Patricio Pizarro Otero, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Sleep Medicine
401 N. Parsons Avenue; Suite #:105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero's areas of specialization are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine; he sees patients in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Riverview, FL. Dr. Pizarro-Otero's areas of expertise include attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pizarro-Otero's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Isabel Cristina Valencia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
621 Medical Care Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Isabel Valencia is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. Dr. Valencia's areas of expertise include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
205 South Moon; Suite 103
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal practices pediatric gastroenterology in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Narwal attended Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school and subsequently trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Luis Berrios, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Surgical Dermatology
405 W Bloomingdale Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Berrios' areas of specialization are general practice and surgical dermatology; he sees patients in Brandon, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Berrios attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Hoka Lisa Nyanda-Manalo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
131 N Oakwood Avenue; Suite 131
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Hoka Nyanda's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery; she sees patients in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Her areas of expertise include academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Nyanda attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. She is conversant in Swahili. Dr. Nyanda's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin ... (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.