We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Premier near Brooksville, FL.

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Dr. Qin Gu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Qin Gu's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gu speaks Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gu include back pain, sciatica, and parkinson's disease. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. He graduated from Second Military Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Gu trained at Westchester Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. David William Malka, MD
Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. David Malka specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Malka has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Malka's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Subramanian attended Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Subramanian is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks Arabic and Hindi. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Concussion, Infections, Seizures

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran, MD
Specializes in Neurology
17240 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
 

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. After attending Calicut Medical College for medical school, Dr. Umamaheswaran completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Seizures

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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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