Biologics are protein-based drugs made from living cells. They’re a newer treatment for mild to severe psoriasis and are often considered in patients who aren’t seeing much results with other treatments. Biologics can sometimes contain extracted elements from humans, animals or any microorganisms. This can comprise of blood components, cells, genes, tissues, vaccines and others elements. Biologics contain proteins and help control other protein elements and cellular processes, affecting the production in such a way to undermine psoriasis and to improve one’s skin condition.
Biologics are administered via injection or intravenous (IV) infusion. Because the immune system plays a significant role in how psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis develop, biologics are used to suppress the immune system’s activity to downplay the condition.
Doctors will often bring up biologics to people with moderate to severe psoriasis who have not found much success with default treatments such as oral or topical. However, biologics are avoided with those who have a weak immune system, as this can complicate further with the use of biologics. Your doctor will be sure to screen you first to evaluate your candidacy for biologics.