We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Beech Street PPO near Nassau Bay, TX.

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Dr. Rosa Ana Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology, Ophthalmology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Rosa Tang's specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). She practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. She studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Her training includes residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tang's clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients rated Dr. Tang highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Keith Tyring, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Stephen Tyring's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of clinical interest consist of psoriasis and viral infection. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Tyring accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tyring graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Psoriasis, Infections

Dr. Akhila Vijayakumar, MD
Specializes in Neurology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Akhila Vijayakumar is a neurologist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Vijayakumar include myasthenia gravis, skin biopsy, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Patients rated Dr. Vijayakumar highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck Problems, Electroencephalography, ... (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.
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