Psoriasis is a non-contagious inflammatory disorder that typically affects the skin, but can also attack the joints. Individuals suffering from psoriasis develop scaly patches on the skin due to overactive skin cell production. This buildup develops most often on the elbows and knees, but can occur almost anywhere on the body.
Eastside Dermatology is now providing Remicade® (Infliximab) infusion services for patients with plaque psoriasis of the skin. Remicade® is given as an intravenous infusion, based on body weight, over a two-hour period at our office, with a frequency of four to eight weeks, or as needed, after an initial dose of three infusions at zero, two, and four weeks apart. The availability of infusions at ESD is provided as a service for patients, who will not have to travel to receive the infusions, and to their physicians, who can be assured that the patient in their care will receive skilled evaluation and administration of this therapy. The infusion room at ESD is equipped with many comforts to help the patient relax during the treatment. Patients are normally given Tylenol and Benadryl before the infusion to reduce the possibility of possible infusion reactions (reactions typically consist of a low-grade fever and/or mild aching during the infusion).