We found 13 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr Arnaldo Torres MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.04 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Arnaldo Torres works as an adult rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Torres include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. Dr. Torres is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Torres is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Nathan Tang MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
333 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Nathan Tang's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. In addition to English, he speaks Thai. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and rashes. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He attended Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Tang's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Eczema, Rhinitis, Rashes, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Er ... (Read more)

Dr Allan S Weiss MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Allan Weiss works as a neurologist. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weiss's areas of expertise consist of nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Weiss attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Myasthenia Gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscular Dystrophy, Carpal Tun ... (Read more)

Dr Harish J Patel MD
Specializes in Occupational Medicine, Other, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
Average rating 1.8 stars out of 5 (30 ratings)
4995 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Harish Patel's medical specialty is occupational medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include seizure disorders, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at Howard University Hospital for residency. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Bosnian, Spanish, and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis

All Interests: Sports Health, Dizziness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Stroke, M ... (Read more)

Dr Saleem R Khamisani MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.31 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Saleem Khamisani is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Khamisani takes 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 Sindh Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Khamisani trained at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Back Pain, Transient Ischemic Attack, Alzheimer's Disea ... (Read more)

Dr Michael A Franklin MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.06 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
1099 5th Avenue N; Suite 300
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Michael Franklin's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Franklin is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Dr. Franklin is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Franklin has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Franklin is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep ... (Read more)

Mark L Ritch DO
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.07 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Mark Ritch's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ritch include migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ritch takes. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. In addition to English, Dr. Ritch speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Tourette Syndrome, Stroke ... (Read more)

Shivinder Narwal MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL

Dr. Shivinder Narwal works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Celiac Disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food All ... (Read more)

Dr Virginia Schekorra DO PA
Specializes in Dermatology
Average rating 3.31 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
6020 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Virginia Schekorra specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Her areas of expertise include rosacea, melasma, and psoriasis. She attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schekorra's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Plantar Warts, Rosacea, Restylane, Radiesse, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Shi ... (Read more)

Dr Charles T Dewberry DO
Specializes in Dermatology
Average rating 3.68 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
6020 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL

Dr. Charles Dewberry's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dewberry include rosacea, melasma, and psoriasis. Dr. Dewberry honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Dewberry studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Plantar Warts, Rosacea, Restylane, Radiesse, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Shi ... (Read more)

Dr Pacita Tiongson Abinales MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
Average rating 3.92 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
7500 4th Street North; Suite B
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Pacita Abinales sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Patients rated Dr. Abinales highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Abinales completed her residency training at Polyclinic Medical Center. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Weight Management, Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7005 4th Street N; Suite 1
St Petersburg, FL

Dr. Cynthia Paganini's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Paganini is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Paganini include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Paganini 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, Holte ... (Read more)

Enos Perez MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
603 7th Street S; Suite 590
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. Enos Perez works as a family medicine practitioner. His residency was performed at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Patient reviews placed Dr. Perez at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perez is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Sex ... (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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