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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum EPO near Orange Park, FL.

Dr. Arianne Elizabeth Chavez-Frazier, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
906 Park Avenue
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. Arianne Chavez-Frazier is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and psoriasis. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chavez-Frazier obtained her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
906 Park Avenue
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology; he sees patients in Orange Park, FL. Dr. Krishnamurthy's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. His clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He 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. Dr. Krishnamurthy (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. Dr. Krishnamurthy is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital, and Jacobi Medical Center.

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Dr. George Joseph Schmieder, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
906 Park Avenue
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. George Schmieder practices pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schmieder takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Schmieder attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Robert Glenn Brown, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
1495 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. Robert Brown is a pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology specialist. Dr. Brown's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in General Practice, Surgical Dermatology
7855 Argyle Forest Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL
 

Dr. David Boyd is a general practitioner and surgical dermatologist in Jacksonville, FL. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. Dr. Boyd's areas of clinical interest consist of psoriasis, laser treatment, and skin cancer. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.