Psoriasis, Eczema & Other Inflammatory Skin Conditions

Psoriasis and eczema are inflammatory skin conditions usually characterized by red, patchy and flaky skin. The University of Michigan Department of Dermatology is a world leader in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. Patients come from across the United States - and the world - to receive the unique treatments we offer. In all cases, whether inpatient, day-treatment or outpatient, we tailor the therapy to your specific needs.

Our physicians will develop a treatment program with you, selecting from therapies that include systemic medications, psoralen photochemotherapy and the modified Goeckerman regimen - incorporating topical creams and medications, scalp treatments and ultraviolet therapy. Most patients see excellent improvement in their skin by the end of the third week of treatment, with remissions often lasting several months to a year or more.

The U-M Dermatology Day Treatment Center

As an alternative to hospitalization, the Dermatology Day Treatment Center (DTC) was developed. A unique and comprehensive program, the DTC is U-M Dermatology's premier effort in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. The DTC provides intensive dermatologic therapy and special services for a single daily rate.

Treatment at the DTC

In our multidisciplinary approach, emphasis is placed on wellness, education and social support, and individualized nursing care. Patients are scheduled six days per week (Monday through Saturday) and should plan to attend for an average of two to four consecutive weeks. Every effort is made to accommodate individual patient needs when scheduling treatment hours. Each daily session requires six to eight hours of treatment.

The DTC nursing staff - all of whom specialize in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions - provides individual and group instruction so that by the time of discharge, each patient is taught proper skin care. All treatment is provided within the DTC in a fully equipped, self-contained suite that allows for privacy and individualized patient care.

The DTC program includes the following highlights:

  • Only one of 12 comparable facilities in the country
  • Intensive Modified Goeckerman treatment, including all applied medications
  • Treatments for patients with severe skin diseases who are unresponsive to previous outpatient therapy
  • 8 hour treatments, average length of stay is 2-3 weeks
  • All patient care provided by nursing personnel and physicians who specialize in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions
  • Individual instruction on the care of your skin
  • Alternative, or complimentary therapy to biologics
  • Fastest, safest and most effective psoriasis therapy
  • Fully-equipped, self-contained suite allowing for privacy and individualized patient care
  • State-of-the-art, spacious and comfortable facility located at Domino's Farms, including continental breakfasts and lunches, kitchen facilities, including a microwave oven, cable television, radio and video cassette player
  • Ample free parking
  • A cost-effective alternative to hospitalization
  • Accommodations at the Holiday Inn on Plymouth Road, for qualifying patients
  • Outstanding patient satisfaction scores

What makes the DTC program different from an inpatient stay?

Patients who are eligible for admission to the DTC receive individualized therapy similar to that used within the U-M Hospitals Dermatology Inpatient Service, yet have the option of returning to their homes at night, or, for patients living greater than 40 miles away, receiving accommodations at a local hotel. Additionally, the DTC provides intensive therapy in a self-contained, relaxed and comfortable setting.

Am I eligible?

To determine eligibility for the program, patients may be referred by their personal dermatologist or by a U-M dermatologist. Patients with severe cases or other uncontrolled medical problems do not qualify as candidates for treatment in the DTC and require hospitalization to achieve comparable results. After a few days in the hospital many such patients, when permitted by their insurance, can be transferred to the DTC for the remainder of their therapy.

Will my insurance cover DTC treatment?

Many insurance carriers recognize the DTC as an innovative and cost-effective alternative to hospitalization, but not all insurances will approve a DTC stay. Our staff will provide assistance to determine if your insurance will authorize this treatment, following your clinic evaluation.

Take the Next Step

To schedule an appointment at the Dermatology Treatment Center, call 734-936-8123