We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Austin, TX.

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Dr. Jason S Reichenberg, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
313 East 12th Street; Suite 103 Dermatology
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Jason Reichenberg, who practices in Austin, TX, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Reichenberg's clinical interests encompass lupus, psoriasis, and eczema. Patient ratings for Dr. Reichenberg average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Reichenberg is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Eczema, Laser Treatment, Skin Cancer Surgery, Skin Issues, Lupus, Psoriasis, Biopsy

Dr. Lucia Zoraida Diaz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Lucia Diaz is an Austin, TX physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Diaz include lupus, psoriasis, and eczema. Her professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. Dr. Diaz accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. Dr. Diaz welcomes new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Diaz attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Nail Issues, Hyperhidrosis, Rashes, Skin Issues, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dayna Gwinup Diven, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
601 E 15th Street; Cec C2.443, Office
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Dayna Diven is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Diven include rashes, psoriasis, and skin infection. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Dr. Diven has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Hays. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eczema, Teaching, Research, Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Rashes, Autoimmune Disorders, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Juliane Frem Vaughan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Juliana Vaughan is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In addition to English, Dr. Vaughan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Vaughan has indicated that her clinical interests include celiac disease and abdominal pain. She is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and 'Specially for Children. Dr. Vaughan attended Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Clifford "jack" Fraim, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 W 38th Street; Suite 308
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Fraim is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Austin, TX. His clinical interests include general neurology, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fraim takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Fraim has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Seton Southwest Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fraim's office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, General ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer L Vickers, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
313 E 12th Street; Suite 100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Vickers' area of specialization is dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Vickers include cysts, acne, and biopsy. Dr. Vickers honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is affiliated with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Hays. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vickers's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eczema, Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer Surgery, Skin Issues, Skin Tag Removal, Autoimmune Disorders, ... (Read more)

Maryetta "etta" Dietz, MS
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Neurology
1600 W 38th Street; Suite 308
Austin, TX
 

Ms. Maryetta Dietz works as a neurologist. Areas of expertise for Ms. Dietz include migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS), and vertigo. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Ms. Dietz welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Syncope, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Migraine, ... (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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