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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Willowbrook, IL.

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Dr. James Anthony Sliwa, DO
Specializes in Physiatry
24 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN

Dr. James Sliwa is a rehabilitation physician. Dr. Sliwa's clinical interests include back pain, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Franciscan Alliance. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, CIGNA HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Sliwa graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sliwa completed residency programs at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. His distinctions include: Chicago Super Doctors; Top Doctor in Chicago; and Chicago Magazine, several times.

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Dr. Tarun Neeraj Kukreja, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
919 Maine Street
Dyer, IN

Dr. Tarun Kukreja's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and birthmark. Dr. Kukreja accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kukreja attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Kukreja's hospital/clinic affiliations include Franciscan Healthcare - Munster and Franciscan Physician Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. May J Chow, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL

Dr. May Chow specializes in surgical dermatology. Dr. Chow's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chow include phototherapy (light therapy), hair problems, and psoriasis. She takes TRICARE, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Chow trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. She is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Chow is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Karen Louise Tracy Tracy Jordan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Dyer, IN

Dr. Karen Jordan specializes in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery and practices in Dyer, IN, Merrillville, IN, and Munster, IN. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Jordan's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and 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.