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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Alpharetta, GA.

Dr. Michael Lance Smitherman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1305 Hembree Road; Suite 101
Roswell, GA

Dr. Michael Smitherman, who practices in Roswell, GA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Smitherman include fibromyalgia, lupus, and osteoarthritis. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smitherman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smitherman studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is affiliated with WellStar and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Marcus Brian Goodman, DO
Specializes in Dermatology
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 280
Roswell, GA

Dr. Marcus Goodman's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients gave Dr. Goodman an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, rosacea, and acne. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine and performed his residency at Broward Health and Largo Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Cosmetic Surgery, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Restylane, Hair Loss, Hair ... (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.