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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier 1451V near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Antony George Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sankoorikal completed a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sankoorikal include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Sankoorikal average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sankoorikal is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ana May practices family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist) in Clearwater, FL. She graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. May include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. Dr. May is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. May (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Saccente is a physician who specializes in adult hospital medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. On average, patients gave Dr. Saccente a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter J Kay, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
818 Chestnut Street
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Walter Kay is a physician who specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kay include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lupus, ... (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.