A biologic is an important treatment option for people with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or both. 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. A biologic can target, or quiet, only the part of the immune system that is overactive because of psoriasis. 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. For this reason, they have fewer side effects than less targeted treatments. Biologics can still cause side effects, but they tend to be less severe. The most common side effects are minor irritation, redness, pain, or a reaction at the site of injection.
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. If you want to try biologics, be ready to try more than one before finding the right fit.
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.