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We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueCare near Palm Harbor, 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. Tatiana Pavlovna Nagibina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Tatiana Nagibina, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Nagibina's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nagibina honors. In addition to English, she speaks Russian. Dr. Nagibina's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jean-Raphael Raphael Schneider, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
3180 Curlew Road; Suite 201
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Jean-Raphael Schneider works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathy (nerve dysfunction), and telemedicine. Dr. Schneider takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including 2004-The Medical Knowledge Competency Award; Department Of Neurology, university Of; and Mass. Medical School.. Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Schneider's professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Neuropathy, Telemedicine, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

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. John Robert Hamill Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
34918 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. John Hamill sees patients in Hudson, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. His medical specialties are dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Hamill's clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. Before performing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Hamill attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan graduated from Stanley Medical College. She trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1630 Pond View Court
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna is an internist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Laguna 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Isabel Cristina Valencia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
4197 Woodlands Parkway
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Isabel Valencia is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist. Her clinical interests include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Valencia is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valencia honors. Dr. Valencia studied medicine at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis

Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag specializes in family medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lewis-Serag's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Lewis-Serag speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Patrice Soe, DO
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
725 Virginia Street
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Soe, who practices in Dunedin, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Soe's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Soe is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Ananda Som, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 109
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ananda Som works as an internist. Dr. Som (or staff) speaks the following languages: Bengali and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Som include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Som is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College and then he performed his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Som 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.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Bracamonte include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. His medical residency was performed at Jersey City Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bracamonte honors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Jeffrey Michael Karp, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3251 N Mcmullen Booth Road; #302
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Karp's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Karp include migraine, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and sleep apnea. Patients gave Dr. Karp an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Karp's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, ... (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. David Anthony Lam, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1005 East Boyer Street
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. David Lam sees patients in Tampa, FL and Tarpon Springs, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lam trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Lam has indicated that his clinical interests include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Lam takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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