We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Beech Street PPO near Nassau Bay, TX.

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Stephen Keith Tyring MD PHD
Specializes in Dermatology
average rating 2.91 stars (9 ratings)
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Tyring's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of psoriasis and viral infection. Dr. Tyring is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Tyring takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tyring completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Psoriasis, Infections

Dr. Rosa A. Tang M.D.
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
average rating 4.28 stars (16 ratings)
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Tang average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Tang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tang accepts. Dr. Tang is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, she performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Tang has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

Akhila Vijayakumar
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 4.72 stars (91 ratings)
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Akhila Vijayakumar is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Her areas of expertise include bell's palsy, myasthenia gravis, and skin biopsy. Dr. Vijayakumar is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Electroencephalography, Skin Biopsy, Epilepsy, ... (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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