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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Peoria, AZ.

Dr. Bryan Robert Updegraff, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1300 N 103rd Avenue; Suite 60
Sun City, AZ
 

Dr. Bryan Updegraff's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Updegraff include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Updegraff at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Updegraff takes. He graduated from New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Updegraff trained at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
9165 W. Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Anthony Santos' area of specialization is surgical dermatology. Dr. Santos's areas of expertise include psoriasis. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Santos is professionally affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Health Center.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Issues

Dr. Kirsten Flynn, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
9165 W. Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Kirsten Flynn's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Flynn attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Flynn include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Flynn average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Flynn honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Health Center.

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Dr. Anthony Alan Nuara, PhD, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
18699 N 67th Avenue; Suite 20
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. Anthony Nuara is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist in Chandler, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, and Gilbert, AZ. His areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and hair problems. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Nuara attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Nuara is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9191 W Thunderbird Road; Suite D101
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Vernon Mackey is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Peoria, AZ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mackey include academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Dr. Mackey studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Mackey honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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.