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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HFN Platinum near Darien, IL.

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

Dr. Clarence Brown is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Brown's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Greek, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos' area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Dimitropoulos include warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Dimitropoulos's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Serbian, Spanish, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Joshua Oliver Podjasek, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Podjasek sees patients in Darien, IL and Skokie, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Podjasek include biopsy, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Podjasek completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues, Allergy Testing, Psoriasis, Biopsy, Dermatitis

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

Dr. Rizwan Bajwa sees patients in Hinsdale, IL. His medical specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Bajwa is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Bajwa attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Bajwa (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Punjabi. Dr. Bajwa's professional affiliations include 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 practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Yousuf include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include 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's medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Mekhael's areas of expertise include the following: chronic sinusitis, abuse, and strabismus. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Mekhael 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.