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

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

Dr. Rosa Tang specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tang include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, she performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tang's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tang is open to new patients.

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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 area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). In his practice, Dr. Tyring focuses on psoriasis and viral infection. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Tyring has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with 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's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Vijayakumar's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include the following: myasthenia gravis, skin biopsy, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vijayakumar is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Electromyography, Lower Back Pain, Myasthenia Gravis, Carpal Tunnel ... (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.