What is an autoimmune disorder?
An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissues in specific areas of the body.
Why do autoimmune disorders happen?
There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders without known causes. The autoimmune conditions that we treat primarily affect the hair and skin:
- Alopecia areata: The immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles on the scalp, face or body, resulting in patchy or complete hair loss.
- Vitiligo: The immune system mistakenly attacks melanocytes (pigment cells) in random groups of skin cells causing colorless white skin patches.
- Psoriasis: The immune system mistakenly sees a normal skin cell as foreign, triggering overproduction of new skin cells.
How do we treat autoimmune disorders of the skin and hair?
There is no known cure for these autoimmune disorders; therefore treatment is focused on controlling their symptoms. Individual results can vary. Click on each condition, above, to learn more about how each is treated.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.