We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Insurance Plan of New York near Patchogue, NY.

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Dr. Grace N K Gathungu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Grace Gathungu practices pediatric gastroenterology. She speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colitis. Dr. Gathungu attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Gathungu's training includes a residency program at Long Island College Hospital. She accepts Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Colitis, Acid Reflux

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
475 E Main Street; Suite 207
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Pina Patel-Pulipati's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel-Pulipati include migraine, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and carotid artery disease. Dr. Patel-Pulipati accepts several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Neck Pain, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Degenerative Disc Disease, Dementia, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Ian Silverstein, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
285 Sills Road; Building 8, Suite D
East Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. David Silverstein's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of clinical interest consist of contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and acne. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Silverstein attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Silverstein's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Contact Dermatitis, Laser Hair Removal, Skin Cancer, Acne, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Cherian, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY
 

Dr. Julie Cherian specializes in pediatric rheumatology and practices in Patchogue, NY and East Setauket, NY. Her clinical interests include uveitis, kawasaki disease, and psoriasis. She is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cherian obtained her medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriasis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Kawasaki Disease, Arthritis, Uveitis, Sjogren's ... (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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