We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HAP Alliance Health & Life Products near Grosse Pointe, MI.

Dr. Susan J Van Dellen, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
19251 Mack Avenue; Suite 333
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Dr. Susan Vandellen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Vandellen is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Vandellen attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Polymyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis, X-Rays

Dr. David Scott Balle, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
18050 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI

Dr. David Balle is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He works in Grosse Pointe, MI. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Balle include warts, rosacea, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients rated Dr. Balle highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Balle's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Lynn Caretti, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
20045 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI

Dr. Katherine Caretti practices dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, she is particularly interested in acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Dr. Caretti's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cofinity, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Caretti honors. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Skin Cancer, Acne, Laser Treatment

Gene J Caicco
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
11900 E 12 Mile Road; Suite 102
Warren, MI

Dr. Gene Caicco practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, diabetic foot ulcers, and diabetic neuropathy. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Caicco honors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Implant Surgery, Fractures, Ankle Surgery, Ankle ... (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.