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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 sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Her medical specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). Her education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. On average, patients gave Dr. Tang a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tang takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She 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, Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Tyring is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Webster, TX, Houston, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Tyring has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass psoriasis and viral infection. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Tyring attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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 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 works as a neurologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: myasthenia gravis, skin biopsy, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Vijayakumar has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Vijayakumar is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She 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.