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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near West Islip, NY.

Dr. Myron I Kleiner, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
180 E Main Street; Suite A
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Myron Kleiner practices adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kleiner average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Dr. Kleiner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (West Islip, NY), Northport VA Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Kleiner studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kings County Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Lower Back Pain, Gout, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua L Fox, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
510 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Joshua Fox is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Fox is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: hair problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. He takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Fox attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Fox (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Huntington Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Chemical Peels, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Meryl Blecker Blecker Joerg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
510 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Meryl Joerg is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Joerg trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for her residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: contact dermatitis, rosacea, and moles. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Amerigroup, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Joerg has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Joerg (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Joerg's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Rosacea, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lance Alan Barazani, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
510 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Lance Barazani's medical specialty is surgical dermatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Barazani average 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Barazani include hair problems, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Barazani completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Barazani (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Barazani is professionally affiliated with Plainview Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
332 E Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Robert Skrokov practices surgical dermatology in Bay Shore, NY. Dr. Skrokov attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: cryotherapy, PUVA therapy, and acne. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Skrokov is in-network for Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Southside Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Wounds, Allergies, Nail Fungus, Skin Cancer, Skin Testing, Hair Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
332 E Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Julie Huh sees patients in Bay Shore, NY. Her medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Huh's clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include North Shore University Hospital and Southside Hospital. She attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Huh is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, ... (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.