Biologic agents are an important treatment option for people with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or both. These medications are administered by injection and may be taken at home or in your doctor’s office. For many people, taking a biologic was life changing because it helped control their symptoms when other treatments failed.
If you have moderate to severe psoriasis and your current treatment regimen isn’t working, it’s time to start considering a biologic. Biologics treat psoriasis by reducing inflammation in the skin and elsewhere in the body. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests taking a biologic agent if you have moderate to severe psoriasis that hasn’t improved using more traditional systemic agents or you can’t tolerate those treatments because of side effects.
Biologics work in a more selective way than other psoriasis treatments. They target specific proteins in the immune system that have been proven to be associated with psoriasis. Before taking a biologic, you should talk to your doctor about the risks. There are many different medications that fall under the category of biologics, and it is important to know that no one biologic works for everyone. One biologic could fail to help you, but another could work very well.
Switching psoriasis treatments is a common and accepted practice. Now could be a good time to start thinking about biologic therapy. Of course, the decision to start biologic treatment for psoriasis should be made alongside your dermatologist. Call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.