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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Premier near Marietta, GA.

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2551 Roswell Road; Building 100
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Amr Agha is a pediatric dermatologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon in Douglasville, GA, Acworth, GA, and Marietta, GA. His areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Agha is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Agha attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Agha speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar Douglas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. John David Kayal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
840 Church Street, Ne; Suite G-3
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. John Kayal specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Marietta, GA. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Yale University and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among Dr. Kayal's clinical interests: nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Kayal has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
711 Canton Road Ne; 3rd Floor
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Strauss honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2550 Windy Hill Road Se; Suite 103
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Felicity Warren is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Marietta, GA, Lilburn, GA, and Acworth, GA. Dr. Warren's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Warren accepts. She attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
111 Marble Mill Road Nw
Marietta, GA
 

Dr. Paul Espy is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Espy average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine.

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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.