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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near West Islip, NY.

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

Dr. Myron Kleiner's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Dr. Kleiner's professional affiliations include Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (West Islip, NY), Northport VA Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Hospital. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Kleiner's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He has an open panel.

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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 Dermatology
510 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY
 

Dr. Joshua Fox is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Fox is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, dermabrasion, and moles. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, Huntington Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fox's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Fox (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Chemical Peels, Rosacea, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Meryl Joerg's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). On average, patients gave Dr. Joerg a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joerg include contact dermatitis, rosacea, and moles. She accepts Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Joerg is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Joerg has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Joerg (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Atopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Alex Skrokov, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
332 E Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
 

Dr. Robert Skrokov works as a dermatologist in Bay Shore, NY. Dr. Skrokov's areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, PUVA therapy, and acne. He is professionally affiliated with North Shore University Hospital. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Skrokov average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Wounds, Allergies, Nail Fungus, Skin Cancer, Skin Testing, Acne, Cosmetic ... (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.