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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Portland, ME.

Dr. Allen Thomas Bruce, MD, PhD
Specializes in Dermatology
50 Sewall Street
Portland, ME
 

Dr. Allen Bruce's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His clinical interests encompass academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. The average patient rating for Dr. Bruce is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, Skin Cancer

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
100 Foden Road West; Suite 203
South Portland, ME
 

Dr. Kathy Bush is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist in South Portland, ME. Her areas of clinical interest consist of psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Bush graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1685 Congress Street
Portland, ME
 

Dr. Ronald Rovner is a surgical dermatologist in Portland, ME and Scarborough, ME. Dr. Rovner's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and contact dermatitis. He honors Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Penn State College of Medicine and performed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hair Problems, Psoriasis, Nail Issues, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, Contact Dermatitis, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
100 Foden Road Ste W-203; Dermatology Department
S Portland, ME
 

Dr. Kenneth Galeckas is a surgical dermatology specialist in South Portland, ME. Dr. Galeckas's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of academic dermatology, psoriasis, and nail surgery. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
100 Foden Road, West; Suite 100
South Portland, ME
 

Dr. Christina Killoran specializes in surgical dermatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Killoran include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Dr. Killoran is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Phototherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer

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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.