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We found 9 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's specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Sankoorikal is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sankoorikal's clinical interests include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is 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. Susan St. Clair St Clair Roper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2467 Enterprise Road, Suite A; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Susan Roper is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Roper average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roper include nail issues, cryotherapy, and shingles. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Roper attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Roper include: Revlon Dermatology Foundation Grant Fellowship Award, Dermatology Foundation; Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine; and Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Roper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Spider Veins, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Eric Krutchik, DO
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
115 Highland Avenue Ne
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Krutchik practices surgical dermatology in Port Richey, FL, Largo, FL, and Richey, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Krutchik include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Krutchik studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Richard A Miller, DO
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
115 Highland Avenue Ne
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Richard Miller's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Miller is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Miller's clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Miller performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Saccente average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saccente include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Saccente's medical residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. 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)

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Specializes in Family Medicine
612 Druid Road E; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May is a family medicine physician in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. May honors. She studied medicine at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. May (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Charles F Knapp III, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
646 Virginia Street; Suite 201
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Charles Knapp, who practices in New Port Richey, FL, Tampa, FL, and Dunedin, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. His areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Knapp honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Walter Kay's area of specialization is family medicine. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kay's clinical interests include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Kay 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. 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)

Dr. Salma Zulekha Pothiawala, MPH, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Salma Pothiawala's area of specialization is surgical dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pothiawala include academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and psoriasis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pothiawala studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Academic Dermatology, 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.