We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Signature Administrators near Auburn, CA.

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Dr. Kristin Deubel Ashley, MD
Specializes in Neurology
11795 Education Street; #213
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Ashley specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Auburn, CA. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ashley's clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Ashley is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Neuromuscular Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Keith Hobel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3288 Bell Road
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Brandon Hobel works as a family medicine physician in Auburn, CA. Dr. Hobel attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include primary care. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Unfortunately, Dr. Hobel is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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Dr. Kenneth D Ashley, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
3288 Bell Road
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Ashley practices general pediatrics in Auburn, CA. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Ashley is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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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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