We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Palos Heights, IL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
15300 West Avenue; Suite 22 S.
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Fariha Kausar is an adult rheumatology specialist. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kausar honors. Dr. Kausar is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kausar attended medical school at Dow Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Kausar (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Osteoarthritis

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Specializes in Physiatry
12251 S. 80th Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Yasemin Ozcan practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) in Palos Heights, IL. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ozcan has indicated that her clinical interests include lymphedema. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ozcan has an open panel. Before completing her residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Dr. Ozcan attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Botox Injection, Knee Pain, Radiculopathy, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Shirley Jean-Baptiste, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
15300 West Avenue; Suite 120 South
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Shirley Jean-Baptiste's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Jean-Baptiste's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks French. She is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Jean-Baptiste is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur Itkin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
11824 Southwest Highway; Suite 100
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Arthur Itkin is a neurologist in Palos Heights, IL. Patient ratings for Dr. Itkin average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Itkin's areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS). He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has an open panel. Dr. Itkin is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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Specializes in Physiatry
12251 S. 80th Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Shin specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Shin's medical residency was performed at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Shin is professionally affiliated with Palos Community Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Botox Injection, Knee Pain, Radiculopathy, Multiple ... (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.