The Psoriasis Clinic

The Psoriasis Clinic at The GW Medical Faculty Associates is directed by Dr. Alison Ehrlich M.D, M.H.S. The clinic is highly regarded for its expertise with all types and severities of psoriasis.  We treat patients from the Washington DC, Maryland, & Virginia region and from around the United States. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease that tends to be chronic in nature. It is thought to be influenced by hereditary factors, although the specifics have yet to be determined.  Psoriasis occurs in 1 to 2 percent of all Americans; the frequency of this condition varies amongst different ethnic groups.  Both sexes are equally affected.

Psoriasis can occur at any age.  It most typically develops for the first time in patients in their late teens or early twenties. A second time period of onset of this disease occurs when patients are in their late fifties.  People with psoriasis develop a rash that can be very uncomfortable.  Red plaques can develop that may be intensely itchy or painful.  Psoriasis can also be associated with other medical conditions such as arthritis. We try to coordinate care of both skin and joints in patients by joint management of patients by both dermatology and rheumatology

The Psoriasis Clinic offers a broad range of therapeutic modalities to treat this disease depending upon the severity of the illness.  These include treatments such as:

  • Topical therapies
  • Systemic therapy including:Methotrexate, cyclosporine, retinoids (vitamin A derived medications)
  • Biologics: Enbrel®, Humira, Remicade®, Stelara®
  • Phototherapy:  Narrow Band UVB and PUVA
  • Excimer Laser

There are many treatments for psoriasis that will potentially put your psoriasis into remission for long periods of time.  At the present time there is no known cure for this condition.  Sometimes psoriasis lesions can be treated with medication that is applied topically to the skin. For those with more extensive psoriasis, ultraviolet light treatments can be administered.  Phototherapy treatment offers customized and intensive treatment of psoriasis warranted by the patient’s severity of disease.  Various biologic agents are also utilized in patients with more severe cases.  In addition to offering this broad range of therapeutic approaches, patients may be able to access new investigational agents being studied by our Clinical Research Department.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact our Clinical Research Department at (202) 677-6160.

Our clinic works closely with other specialists and internists to improve the overall health of psoriasis patients.  Because psoriasis patients have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, we believe that it is important to work toward improving not only the skin but also our patients’ overall health.

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