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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 near Ocala, FL.

Dr. Frederick Richard Behringer Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2611 Se 17th Street; Suite B
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Frederick Behringer specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Ocala, FL. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Behringer attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. On average, patients gave Dr. Behringer a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Philip Gregory Barton, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
3233 Sw 33rd Road; Suite 101
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Philip Barton's specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. He practices in Ocala, FL and Summerfield, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Barton's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Barton takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

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Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
5349 Sw College Road; Suite 2
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Bryan Hicks is a dermatological immunology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Ocala, FL. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Dr. Hicks is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hicks accepts.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Nail Issues

Dr. Ashley B Nicole Cauthen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1630 Se 18th Street; Suite 400
Ocala, FL
 

Dr. Ashley Cauthen specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology and practices in Tampa, FL and Ocala, FL. She is a graduate of Florida State University College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and psoriasis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cauthen honors. Dr. Cauthen is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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All Interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Psoriasis, Phototherapy

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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.