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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near College Station, TX.

Dr. Angelo Sermas MD
Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease)
800 Scott & White Drive
College Station, TX
(979) 691-3300; (979) 207-0100

Dr. Angelo Sermas is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sermas include: Texas Super Doctors and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2014-2015. His professional affiliations include Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Cerebrovascular Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Polyneuropathy, Dementia, Electromyography, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1707 Broadmoor
Bryan, TX
(979) 776-7767

Dr. Terry Jones' medical specialty is surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jones include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Jones attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cosmetic Dermatology, Contact Dermatitis, Medical Dermatology, Nail Disorders, Phototherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Neumann Childs MD, FAAD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology
1605 Rock Prairie Road; Suite 312
College Sta, TX

Dr. James Childs' specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. He practices in College Station, TX and College Sta, TX. Dr. Childs obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cosmetic Dermatology, Academic Dermatology, Birthmarks, Hair Disorders, Laser Procedures, Medical ... (Read more)

Jonathan Ramprasad MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1700 University Drive East
College Station, TX
(979) 207-3300

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Temple, TX, College Station, TX, and Round Rock, TX. For his professional training, Dr. Ramprasad completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He 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. Dr. Ramprasad has received professional recognition including the following: NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology and Motility Award. Dr. Ramprasad is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, ... (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.