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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Dr. Susan J Van Dellen, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
19251 Mack Avenue; Suite 333
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
 

Dr. Susan Vandellen's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Vandellen is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Vandellen an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. Katherine Lynn Caretti, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
20045 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI
 

Dr. Katherine Caretti's area of specialization is surgical dermatology. Dr. Caretti graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Her clinical interests include birthmark removal, rosacea, and acne. Dr. Caretti is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, CO2 Laser Treatment, Laser Resurfacing, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. David S Balle, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
18050 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI
 

Dr. David Balle is a specialist in surgical dermatology. He works in Grosse Pointe, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Balle include warts, rosacea, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Balle accepts. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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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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