We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept MyBlue Bronze 1602 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres is a rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. Dr. Torres takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Torres's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Nutthapong Tangsinmankong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
333 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nathan Tang is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and rashes. Dr. Tang honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Thai. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Tang has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rhinitis, Rashes, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Autoimmune ... (Read more)

Dr. Allan S Weiss, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allan Weiss practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Saint Petersburg, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Weiss is 5.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Weiss is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Weiss graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Saleem R Khamisani, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Khamisani has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khamisani include back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Khamisani's education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Michael A Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Franklin's clinical interests: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. He 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. Dr. Franklin attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Mark L Ritch, DO
Specializes in Neurology
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mark Ritch practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Largo, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Ritch's areas of expertise include migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. He has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ritch studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for his residency. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Narwal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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 ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia A Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 408
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Paganini include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Paganini is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Paganini graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at UNC Hospitals. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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