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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Gold HMO near Cumming, GA.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
960 Sanders Road; Suite 300
Cumming, GA
 

Dr. Trisha Daley is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Daley include contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Child Health Plus, Humana Bronze, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Daley attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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Dr. Albert Anthony Cook, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1100 Northside Forsyth Drive; Suite 330
Cumming, GA
 

Dr. Albert Cook works as a neurologist in Cumming, GA and Johns Creek, GA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: post-polio syndrome (PPS), migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Cook is professionally affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Cook attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine.

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

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Dr. Alexander S Gross, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1505 Northside Boulevard; Suite 1500
Cumming, GA
 

Dr. Alexander Gross' medical specialty is surgical dermatology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has a special interest in psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. Dr. Gross is professionally affiliated with Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, Dr. Gross performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Gross (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
327 Dahlonega Street; Suite 1501
Cumming, GA
 

Dr. Michael Fisher specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Fisher's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. His professional affiliations include Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and North Fulton Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Morehouse School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fisher at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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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.