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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Silver Compass Balanced 2000 near Kingwood, TX.

Dr. Amy Coreen Wood, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2300 Green Oak Drive; Suite 200
Kingwood, TX
 

Dr. Amy Wood is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Wood include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Dr. Wood's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2300 Green Oak Drive; Suite 200
Kingwood, TX
 

Dr. Vicki Rabin is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Houston, TX and Kingwood, TX. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rabin include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Rabin graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Other, Dermatopathology
2300 Green Oak Drive; Suite 200
Humble, TX
 

Dr. Cindy Greenberg is a dermatopathology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Greenberg average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Greenberg's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Dr. Greenberg honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Greenberg attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Other, Surgical Dermatology
2300 Green Oak Drive; Suite 200
Kingwood, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Bell, who practices in Houston, TX and Kingwood, TX, is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology. Dr. Bell studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Bell's areas of clinical interest consist of phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Bell takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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

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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.