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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HFN Platinum near Darien, IL.

Dr. Clarence William Brown Jr., MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Clarence Brown's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include warts, moles, and acne. The average patient rating for Dr. Brown is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brown accepts. Dr. Brown studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vassilios Athanasios Dimitropoulos, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Darien, IL and Skokie, IL. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Russian. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, chemical peels, and moles. Dr. Dimitropoulos is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dimitropoulos attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Chemical Peels, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rizwan S Bajwa, DO
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 202
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Rizwan Bajwa is a neurophysiologist and neurologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bajwa accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Bajwa (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Osteopathic Medicine, Migraine, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammed Akbar Yousuf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5101 S. Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Yousuf attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergic Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Erectile ... (Read more)

Dr. Fayez Mekhael Nagib Mekhael, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
516 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Fayez Mekhael works as a family practitioner in Bolingbrook, IL. He attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Mekhael's clinical interests include chronic sinusitis, abuse, and strabismus. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mekhael honors. Dr. Mekhael speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: ACL Injury, Acute Kidney Injury, Bursitis, Chest Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Back Pain, ... (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.