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

Dr. Pina Patel-Pulipati works as a pediatric neurologist in Medford, NY and Patchogue, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel-Pulipati include migraine, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and carotid artery disease. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel-Pulipati takes.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Grace Gathungu is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She works in East Setauket, NY and Patchogue, NY. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colitis. Dr. Gathungu accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and a graduate of Long Island College Hospital's residency program. 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

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

Dr. David Silverstein is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and acne. Dr. Silverstein accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. Dr. Silverstein attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Cherian's clinical interests include uveitis, kawasaki disease, and psoriasis. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cherian honors. She attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. Dr. Cherian speaks 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.