We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Navigate HMO near Sanford, FL.

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Dr. Narinder Singh Aujla, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
317 N Mangoustine Avenue
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Narinder Aujla practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Aujla a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He accepts 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 a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Aujla attended M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Knee Fracture, Hand Fracture, Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2100 West First Street
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt is an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Harichand-Herdt's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is in-network for 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: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nitesh J Shekhadia, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
755 Stirling Center Place
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Nitesh Shekhadia's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is a graduate of M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Shekhadia honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Tremors, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
147 Parliament Loop; Suite 1005
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Sanjiv Kapil's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Kapil is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Kapil completed a residency program at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Lower Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Rion J Forconi, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
385 Waymont Court; Suite 101
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Rion Forconi is a surgical dermatologist. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Forconi has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Adjacent Tissue Transfer, Psoriasis, Athlete's Foot, Poisoning, Atopic Dermatitis, Basal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
1403 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 102
Sanford, FL
 

Dr. Samuel Agnew is an orthopedic trauma specialist in Sanford, FL and Ocala, FL. Dr. Agnew accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, PCL Injury, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Elias M Gizaw, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
755 Stirling Center Place
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Elias Gizaw practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gizaw is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He is a graduate of Volgograd State Medical University. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gizaw takes.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Tremors, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

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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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