We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Palos Heights, IL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
15300 West Avenue; Suite 225 South
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Fariha Kausar's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Kausar takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kausar (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. She is affiliated with Palos Health. Dr. Kausar is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Shirley Jean-Baptiste, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
15300 West Avenue; Suite 120 South
Orland Park, IL
 

Dr. Shirley Jean-Baptiste specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Orland Park, IL and Chicago, IL. She speaks French. She is affiliated with Palos Health. Dr. Jean-Baptiste studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Jean-Baptiste trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Jean-Baptiste is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Physiatry
12251 S. 80th Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Yasemin Ozcan works as a physiatrist in Palos Heights, IL. Dr. Ozcan is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests encompass lymphedema. She is affiliated with Palos Health. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Ozcan graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Botox Injection, Knee Pain, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur Itkin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
11824 Southwest Highway; Suite 100
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Arthur Itkin is a neurologist in Palos Heights, IL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Itkin at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS). He is affiliated with Little Company of Mary Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Itkin attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Specializes in Physiatry
12251 S. 80th Avenue
Palos Heights, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Shin is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist. Dr. Shin attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. In addition to English, he speaks Korean. He is affiliated with Palos Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shin's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Botox Injection, Knee Pain, Radiculopathy, ... (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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