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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Gold near Saint Paul, MN.

Dr. Michelle Marie Blaeser, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Surgical Dermatology
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Michelle Blaeser's specialty is surgical dermatology. Dr. Blaeser's clinical interests include academic dermatology, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital and Park Nicollet Clinic - Burnsville. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Blaeser's medical residency was performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blaeser accepts. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin David Ehst, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Phalen Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Benjamin Ehst is a Saint Paul, MN physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Ehst obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His clinical interests encompass academic dermatology and psoriasis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Ehst's professional affiliations include Regions Hospital and VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - Main Health Care Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

Dr. Sundeep Arora, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2200 University Avenue West; #120
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Sundeep Arora is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arora include inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and liver disease. Dr. Arora is professionally affiliated with Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), P.A.. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga. Dr. Arora's medical residency was performed at Maimonides Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Arora (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Obesity, Allergies, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Todd Gregory Seelhammer, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
60 Plato Boulevard E; Suite 270
Saint Paul, MN
 

Dr. Todd Seelhammer is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Seelhammer include psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Seelhammer is affiliated with Dermatology Consultants and Fairview Health Services. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

Dr. Jeffery A Allen, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
360 Sherman Street, Fort Road Medical Building; Suite 350
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Jeffrey Allen's areas of specialization are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Allen is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Allen has indicated that his clinical interests include myasthenia gravis, guillain-barre syndrome, and muscular dystrophy. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Allen attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tufts Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Allen include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor - Rising Star".

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Neurological Disorders, Muscular Dystrophy

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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.