We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HAP Alliance Health & Life Products near Grosse Pointe, MI.

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Susan J. Vandellen D.O.
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 3.51 stars (16 ratings)
19251 Mack Avenue; Suite 333
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Dr. Susan Vandellen's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Vandellen trained at Henry Ford Hospital. In Dr. Vandellen's practice, she is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Vandellen average 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI).

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

Dr. Katherine Lynn Caretti M.D.
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
20045 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI

Dr. Katherine Caretti is a surgical dermatology specialist in Grosse Pointe, MI. Her areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI). Dr. Caretti graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for her residency. Dr. Caretti honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Voluma, Kybella Injection, CoolSculpting, Eczema, Botox Injection, Restylane Silk, ... (Read more)

Dr. David S. Balle M.D.
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
average rating 4.62 stars (16 ratings)
18050 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI

Dr. David Balle sees patients in Grosse Pointe, MI. His medical specialty is surgical dermatology. Dr. Balle's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balle include warts, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and volbella. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI). He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Balle graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, ... (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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