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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's medical specialty is pediatric neurology. Her areas of expertise include migraine, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and carotid artery disease. Dr. Patel-Pulipati 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. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel-Pulipati honors.

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gathungu include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colitis. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Gathungu's education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at Long Island College Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gathungu speaks 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 in East Setauket, NY, Ronkonkoma, NY, and Patchogue, NY. 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. His clinical interests include contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and acne. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst.

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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 specialty is pediatric rheumatology. Her clinical interests include uveitis, kawasaki disease, and psoriasis. Dr. Cherian accepts Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, 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.