We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier 1451V near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Antony G Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal is a specialist in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Sankoorikal speaks Malayalam. These areas are among his clinical interests: fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners. He attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Sankoorikal is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Ana Belen De Abajo Alonso, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana Charles' areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Charles is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Charles (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark L Ritch, DO
Specializes in Neurology
1000 Belcher Road S; Suite 6
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Ritch specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Largo, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Ritch attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. Patient ratings for Dr. Ritch average 1.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Ritch speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Spinal Pain, Migraine, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente specializes in general internal medicine. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Dr. Saccente is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saccente attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter J Kay, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
818 Chestnut Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Walter Kay specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kay's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lupus, ... (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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