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We found 2 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Lawrenceville, GA.

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Dr. William George Paxton, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
595 Hurricane Shoals Road Nw; Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. William Paxton is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Paxton attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Paxton's areas of expertise include the following: renal vascular disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Dr. Jayanti Jasti, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
595 Hurricane Shoals Road Nw; Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA
 

Dr. Jayanti Jasti sees patients in Lawrenceville, GA, Buford, GA, and Johns Creek, GA. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Jasti's areas of expertise include the following: renal vascular disease, kidney stones, and immune disorders. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Osmania Medical College, she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. She is affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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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.