We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Deland, FL.

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Dr Seema HarichandHerdt MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1070 North Stone Street; Suite C
Deland, FL

Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She practices in Daytona Beach, FL, Deland, FL, and Sanford, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harichand-Herdt include bladder cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and colon cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harichand-Herdt honors. She attended Ohio State University College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Central Florida Regional Hospital and Oviedo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome

All Interests: Postpartum Issues, Kaposi's Sarcoma, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr Victor Wady Melgen MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 3.77 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
810 North Spring Garden Avenue; Suite 100
Deland, FL

Dr. Victor Melgen works as a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. After completing medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena, Dr. Melgen performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute leukemia, and thrombocytosis (high platelet count). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Melgen's professional affiliations include Central Florida Regional Hospital, Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS), and Oviedo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Hemophilia, Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non ... (Read more)

Dr Kottapurath K Kunjumoideen MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
810 North Spring Garden Avenue; Suite 100
Deland, FL

Dr. Kottapurath Kunjumoideen's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, diagnostic imaging, and thrombocytosis (high platelet count). Dr. Kunjumoideen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He attended Calicut Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Central Florida Regional Hospital and Oviedo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome

All Interests: Bone Marrow Exam, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral ... (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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