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Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy, red, scaly plaques that appear commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Rarely, virtually all surfaces of the skin may be covered. It is a chronic disease and tends to go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, and then improving for a while. Psoriasis can cause individuals discomfort, itch, pain, and self-consciousness, which can have a negative impact on day-to-day life. Biological treatments are an extremely effective treatment option for those with psoriasis to help minimize signs and symptoms.

What are Biological Treatments for Psoriasis?

For individuals who have tried other psoriasis treatments with no results, biological treatments may be recommended. These drugs, called biologics, target a specific part of the immune system and block certain cells or proteins that cause psoriasis. While these drugs can help with inflammation and other issues, they also cause a weaker immune system. Some biologics are shots that are given under the skin, while others are given intravenously.

There are a number of biological treatments for psoriasis, including:

  • Adalimumab (Humira)- Plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Brodalumab (Siliq)- Plaque psoriasis
  • Certolizumab pegol (Cimzia)- Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Etanercept (Enbrel)- Plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Guselkumab (Tremfya)- Plaque psoriasis
  • Infliximab (Remicade)- Plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Ixekizumab (Taltz)- Plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Risankizumab-rzaa (SKYRIZI)- Plaque psoriasis
  • Tildrakizumab (Ilumya)-Plaque psoriasis
  • Secukinumab (Cosentyx)- Plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Ustekinumab (Stelara)- Plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Who is a Good Candidate for Biological Treatments for Psoriasis?

Whether a biological treatment is right for you will depend on a variety of factors. Your dermatologist will take into account how much of your skin is affected by psoriasis, the severity of your psoriasis, how much psoriasis affects your life, and your overall health. Biologic drugs may not be best for those who have a history of infections, including tuberculosis, a history of particular cancers, or a weak immune system caused by HIV or chemotherapy. Overall, the best way to determine if biologics are right for you is through a consultation with one of our dermatology experts.

What to Expect During Biological Treatments for Psoriasis?

Our staff is prepared to assist you in seeking expedited insurance approval in order for you to receive your therapy. 

Most biologics are shots that are given subcutaneously under the skin. Patients may choose to perform their injections at home or come to our office for therapy. The frequency of injections will vary depending upon the medication. Your dermatologist will provide you with specific instructions on how to properly undergo treatment for the best possible results.

Biological Treatments for Psoriasis FAQs

Does plaque psoriasis spread?

Plaque psoriasis can spread throughout the body, particularly on the outer elbows, knees, or scalp. However, it is not contagious.

What happens if plaque psoriasis is not treated?

Plaque psoriasis will continue to spread and worsen over time without treatment. This can cause severe itching or pain.

Does psoriatic arthritis cause fatigue?

Fatigue is a common symptom of psoriatic arthritis.

What are biologic drugs for psoriasis?

Biologic drugs for psoriasis include Humira, Siliq, Cimzia, Enbrel, and others. These treatments work by blocking the cells and proteins that cause psoriasis.

Do biologic treatments cure psoriasis?

Biologic treatments can significantly reduce psoriasis symptoms. However, there is no known cure for psoriasis.

Following Biological Treatments for Psoriasis

Patients taking biologic drugs should see dramatic improvements in their psoriasis. It is important that you follow your dermatologist’s instructions regarding treatment carefully. Regular follow-up visits will also be needed to ensure that treatment is still working. If you experience any side effects such as fevers, chills, headache, fatigue, reactions at the injection site, upper respiratory infections, diarrhea, or painful or swollen joints that do not go away or worsen, be sure to contact us as soon as possible.

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HMGS Dermatology is South Jersey’s leading center for comprehensive psoriasis therapy. We prescribe the latest and most advanced therapies for pediatric, adult, and geriatric dermatology patients.

If you would like to learn more about biological treatments for psoriasis and what they can do for you, contact HMGS Dermatology today! We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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