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We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1483 near Largo, FL.

Dr. Robert Louis Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Robert Digiovanni's specialty is adult rheumatology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Digiovanni is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Raynaud's, Vasculitis, Sjogren's ... (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. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is an internist. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He obtained his medical school training at International and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The average patient rating for Dr. Tan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan 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: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. George Peter Pavlidakey, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
609 Indian Rocks Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Pavlidakey sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Belleair, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pavlidakey average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pavlidakey include nail issues, hair problems, and shingles. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pavlidakey obtained his medical school training at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Pavlidakey (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Shingles, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Mohamad Saifi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Saifi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi's education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Patient ratings for Dr. Saifi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider 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: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary ... (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. Maria Elena Garcia Cardona, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1801 N. Belcher Road; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maria Garcia-Cardona is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Clearwater, FL. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, skin cancer excision, and psoriasis. Dr. Garcia-Cardona honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. Dr. Garcia-Cardona speaks Spanish. Dr. Garcia-Cardona is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin Cancer Excision, Psoriasis, Botox ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
8250 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 250
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gary Rosen's specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Rosen's areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosen takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Matthew Hal Mahoney, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
13121 66th Street North
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Mahoney practices pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Mahoney has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Mahoney 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Dermatology Specialists, Largo Medical Center, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Ralph Albert Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie practices family medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cryotherapy, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. Dr. Rophie is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Rophie takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rophie attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Cristina Lim Pantaleon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maria Pantaleon's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). Dr. Pantaleon is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Pantaleon honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending International for medical school, she completed her residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Lupus, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank Theodore Armstrong, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
9170 Oakhurst Road; Suite 1
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Frank Armstrong sees patients in Seminole, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Armstrong include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 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 is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Largo Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Moneer M Mansour, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 330
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Moneer Mansour works as a family practice physician. Dr. Mansour's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. After completing medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Mansour is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin ... (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)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
9005 Belcher Road
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Melanie Haynes is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Haynes is especially interested in nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

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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.