We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1498 near West Palm Beach, FL.

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John Patrick Donohue M.D.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 5 stars (25 ratings)
Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease; Cityplace Tower
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. John Donohue is an adult rheumatology specialist in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. His areas of expertise include lupus, polymyositis, and spondylosis (degenerative spine disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Donohue is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Kari Sutter MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.81 stars (11 ratings)
525 Okeechobee Boulevard; 14th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Kari Sutter practices adult rheumatology in West Palm Beach, FL. She has indicated that her clinical interests include spondylosis (degenerative spine disease) and scleroderma. She is affiliated with Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Sutter attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Spondylosis

Dr. Sam Michael Faradyan M.D.
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
average rating 5 stars (12 ratings)
525 Okeechobee Boulevard; 14th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL
 

Dr. Sam Faradyan is an adult pulmonologist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Faradyan's areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and snoring. He is affiliated with Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Faradyan honors. Dr. Faradyan attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Faradyan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and German.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Heart ... (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.
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