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

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

Dr. Susan Vandellen is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Vandellen's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Katherine Caretti's area of specialization is surgical dermatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: birthmark removal, rosacea, and acne. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Caretti attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Caretti takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cofinity, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, CO2 Laser Treatment, Laser Resurfacing, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Balle is a surgical dermatology specialist. Dr. Balle attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, rosacea, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Balle is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Migraine, ... (Read more)

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 in Warren, MI. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, diabetic foot ulcers, and diabetic neuropathy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Caicco takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, 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.
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