We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1451 near Land O Lakes, FL.

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Dr. Alicia M Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro sees patients in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Fierro studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fierro takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez sees patients in Land O Lakes, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. David Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes sees patients in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Sikes graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Sikes include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sikes accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 102
Land O'lakes, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian is a neurologist in Hudson, FL, New Port Richey, FL, and Land O'Lakes, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, BayCare Health System, and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Dr. Subramanian takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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