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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Advantage near Lubbock, TX.

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2202 Ithaca Avenue
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Keith Wisniewski is a specialist in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Lubbock, TX. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Wisniewski has indicated that his clinical interests include psoriasis and skin cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Wisniewski is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6104 Avenue Q South Drive
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Russell Akin's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He has a special interest in academic dermatology, nail issues, and psoriasis. Dr. Akin takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Akin has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2202 Ithaca
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Brent Paulger works as a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His areas of expertise consist of nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. The average patient rating for Dr. Paulger is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Paulger has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

Dr. Justin Wayne Clark, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3601 22nd Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Justin Clark is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Clark include psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.