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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Beech Street PPO near Nassau Bay, TX.

Dr. Rosa Ana Tang MD, MPH, MBA
Specializes in Ophthalmology (Eye Disease), Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease)
505 J Davis; Armistead Building
Houston, TX
(713) 942-2187; (281) 650-4529

Dr. Rosa Tang is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Tang speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Tang completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Tang is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Electrophysiology, Eye Exam, Headaches, Lupus, Movement Disorders, ... (Read more)

Stephen Keith Tyring MD, MD PHD, PhD, FAAD
Specializes in Dermatology (Skin Disorders)
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
(713) 554-4688; (713) 528-8818

Dr. Stephen Tyring, who practices in Webster, TX, Houston, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tyring's areas of expertise consist of academic dermatology, psoriasis, and viral infection. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. 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. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) speaks Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cutaneous Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Psoriasis, Virology, Cutaneous Infectious ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatology (Skin Disorders)
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Terry Williams is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). His education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Shands at the University of Florida and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Williams's clinical interests include warts, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Williams is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Biopsy, Contact Dermatitis, Derm Condition of Foot, Genetic Skin Disease, Hives, Insect Bites, ... (Read more)

Akhila Vijayakumar MD
Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease)
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX

Dr. Akhila Vijayakumar sees patients in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Her medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her clinical interests include myasthenia gravis, skin biopsy, and guillain-barre syndrome. Dr. Vijayakumar is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Vijayakumar is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, EEG, Electromyography, Epilepsy, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia ... (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.