Psoriasis is a common chronic immune disease that causes skin cells to grow quickly. The fast growth can lead to scaly, itchy, dry, and red skin patches. More than 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis.
There are several treatment options for psoriasis, including topical treatments, prescription drugs, and phototherapy. If you have moderate to severe psoriasis and your current treatment isn't working, it may be time to think about a biologic.
Keep reading to find out more about this newer class of drugs.
Why are biologics a good option for psoriasis treatment?
Biologics are target-specific drugs that act by blocking certain inflammatory cytokines. Unlike other drugs that are derived from plants or chemicals, biologics are made from sugars, proteins, or nucleic acids. They may also be made from human, animal, or microorganism cells and tissues.
Biologics are considered to be both safe and effective.
How do biologics work?
Biologics used to treat psoriasis work by blocking certain inflammatory cytokines produced by specific pathways that cause psoriasis. Biologics target cytokines produced by two main pathways: Th1 and TH17.
Some biologics target cytokines produced by T-helper cells (T-cells), which are involved in psoriasis.Read more in Psoriasis Resources
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