Sunlight has been known to have a beneficial effect on certain skin disorders—in particular psoriasis—for many hundreds of years. In the first decade of the last century it was discovered that the ultraviolet portion of sunlight was responsible for this effect.
Phototherapy (often called light therapy) involves exposing the skin to an artificial source of ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision for therapeutic purpose. Many skin disorders are characterized by localized inflammation in the skin that is mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet light reduces the inflammatory response as well as suppresses the immune system in the skin. These are felt to be the primary mechanisms of action of phototherapy in skin disorders.
Our office specializes in the use of ultraviolet light for numerous skin disease including psoriasis, eczema (dermatitis) and vitiligo.
While psoriasis, eczema (dermatitis) and vitiligo are the three main disorders we treat, there are many other skin disorders that may be treated with phototherapy, especially when first-line therapies are not successful. Your doctor may have referred you to this office for the treatment of one of these less common diseases. We will work with you and best utilize phototherapy to treat your skin condition.
- Phototherapy -- Narrowband UVB Involves exposing the skin to UVB light source for a prescribed time, on a regular schedule
- PUVA Therapy Ultraviolet radiation treatment used for severe skin diseases. Consists of ingesting plant-derived compounds called psoralens and then exposing the skin to UVA (long wave ultraviolet radiation).
- Excimer Laser Treatment Delivers targeted narrow-band UVB to affected areas.
- Pulse Dye Laser Treatment Broken veins on the face, often part of rosacea, as well as portwine stains, hemangiomas in children and red-spots on the body in adults all can be selectively destroyed.
Warwick L. Morison, MB, BS, MD, MRCP
"It gives me real satisfaction to use my experience and skills to solve my patients' skin problems. I chose to specialize in ultraviolet and laser treatment because many times, these can be the most successful treatments for numerous skin conditions, both chronic and acute. That's important for the patients I treat. And being able to make a difference in a person's life is important to me as a doctor."
Elisabeth G. Richard, MD
"In dermatology, so many diseases that have been otherwise difficult to treat respond to ultraviolet light therapy. By specializing in this unique area of dermatology, my greatest professional satisfaction comes from using ultraviolet light to successfully treat patients that have otherwise failed prior therapies. These successes yield such tremendous benefits to patients and their quality of life. Knowing I have the knowledge and tools to change someone's life inspires me to give my best."
Johns Hopkins at Green Spring / 10753 Falls Road, Suite 355 / Lutherville, MD 21093
Telephone: 410-847-3700 Fax: 410-847-3703
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Our offices are located at Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station, at the Baltimore Beltway and Jones Falls Expressway interchange.
- From the Beltway (I-695): Take Exit 23B onto Falls Road. Make the first right onto Joppa Road and the second left onto Station Drive. Turn right at the "T" intersection (you are looking at the Foxleigh Office Building) and curve around Foxleigh to the four-story building on your left, Pavilion II.
- From the city: Take the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) north past the exits to the Beltway until the Expressway becomes Falls Road. Make the first right onto Joppa Road and the second left onto Station Drive. Turn right at the "T" intersection (you are looking at the Foxleigh Office Building) and curve around Foxleigh to the four-story building on your left, Pavilion II.
- We are in Pavilion II on the 3rd floor, Suite 355, and the elevators are in the center of the building.
- Free parking is plentiful.
- The MTA M10 bus stops at Green Spring Station.
- There is free shuttle bus for patients that runs hourly between Green Spring Station and the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in downtown Baltimore.