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We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold PPO near Allen, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1105 Central Expressway North; Suite 370
Allen, TX
 

Dr. Rajesh Putcha works as an adult gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Putcha include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Putcha completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). Dr. Putcha welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Liver Resection, Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Shankar Chittajallu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1105 Central Expressway North; Suite 2220
Allen, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Chittajallu is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in McKinney, TX and Allen, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Chittajallu include colon polypectomy, hepatitis C, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. Dr. Chittajallu is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Andhra Medical College. Dr. Chittajallu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Upper Endoscopy, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 318
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Gabriel Rendon practices adult gastroenterology in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Rendon's clinical interests: colon cancer, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rendon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Gallstones, Upper Endoscopy, Esophagus ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1101 Raintree Circle, Twin Creeks Medical Center 2; Suite 250
Allen, TX
 

Dr. Tanya Rodgers specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology and practices in Allen, TX and Dallas, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodgers include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Rodgers has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rodgers trained at Henry Ford Hospital for her residency. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Rodgers is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Easwar Meenakshi Sundaram Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 301
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Easwar Sundaram works as a neurologist. He has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. Dr. Sundaram is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of McKinney. After attending Madras Medical College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Sundaram's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Stroke, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. James Philip Ralston, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite #303
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. James Ralston works as a surgical dermatologist in McKinney, TX. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Ralston trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ralston include psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan. Dr. Ralston speaks French. He is affiliated with Medical Center of McKinney.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

Dr. Melinda Dawn Conroy, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
401 Ranch Road; 620 Suite 200
Lakeway, TX
 

Dr. Melinda Conroy is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Conroy's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Conroy is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (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.