Remicade for Psoriasis Patients
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering Remicade infusions to our patients for the treatment of psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin which is thought to occur when a substance in the body called, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the body. Remicade, which is a type of protein, works by attaching to and blocking the action of TNF thus reducing the inflammation.
Remicade is administered as an intravenous infusion in the office under the care of a registered nurse. An infusion takes approximately 2 hours and is given at a prescribed interval which usually amounts to 6 times/year. Improvement can be seen in as little as 2 weeks.
Patients wishing to start Remicade need a thorough evaluation prior to starting as there are potentially serious side effects that can occur including reducing the body’s ability to fight infection. Patients on Remicade must be diligent in reporting any signs or symptoms of illness or infection to their doctor while on the medication.
If you have psoriasis and feel you may benefit from Remicade, please schedule a psoriasis visit with any one of our providers. In addition to determining if it’s right for you, our billing specialist can help to determine your insurance coverage for these infusions.
Isolaz™ DEEP PORE LAZR THERAPY for Acne 2008: We have been thrilled at the patient response that we have received from the Isolaz™ DEEP PORE LAZR THERAPY. This FDA approved acne treatment has been in high demand at our office because of its effectiveness and lifestyle benefits. Isolaz™ combines vacuum suction and light to target blackheads and red pimples thus improving acne. The vacuum uses gentle suction to remove dirt, excess oil deep within the pores and blackheads. The light helps destroy acne causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. The Isolaz™ treatment is virtually painless and can be used on most body surface areas including the face, chest, and back. Benefits are often seen after the first treatment, however a series of treatments (usually 4-8) is often recommended to obtain optimal, lasting results with occasional maintenance.
Isolaz™ treatments may be used alone or in combination with other acne treatments and medications. Although Isolaz™ is an FDA approved acne treatment, unfortunately it is not covered by most insurance plans. Due to popular demand for Isolaz™ treatments, we have added in more evening and Saturday patient hours in addition to providing discounted promotional pricing through December 2008. Come in to see us for an acne visit!