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 is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colitis. She is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gathungu attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Gathungu completed her residency training at Long Island College Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Medford, NY and Patchogue, NY. Her medical specialty is pediatric neurology. Her areas of expertise include the following: migraine, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and carotid artery disease. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel-Pulipati attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel-Pulipati honors HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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, who practices in East Setauket, NY, Ronkonkoma, NY, and Patchogue, NY, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among Dr. Silverstein's clinical interests: contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and acne. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Silverstein average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silverstein honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Healthfirst, and more.

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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 works as a pediatric rheumatologist in Patchogue, NY and East Setauket, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Cherian include uveitis, kawasaki disease, and psoriasis. Dr. Cherian is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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. Dr. Cherian 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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