Biological Treatment for Psoriasis 2022: What You Need to Know

Biological Treatment for Psoriasis 2022 : The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that over 7.5 million Americans are affected by psoriasis, with one new case occurring every 33 seconds. The treatment of this chronic skin condition can be very effective in many cases, but the medical world has been looking to new approaches in recent years. One such approach is biological treatment, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight off the symptoms of psoriasis. This article takes a look at biological treatment as it stands today and what we may see in 2022 with regard to biological treatments for psoriasis.

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The Stats

In 2013, over 12 million people had psoriasis in America. By 2022, it’s estimated that number will climb to 18 million. If you suffer from it now, or want to start treatment in order to prevent it from striking you in a few years, there are a few things you should know about biological therapy: what is it, how does it work and what’s new on the horizon? Here’s everything we could find about biological treatment for psoriasis.

How This Works

Since psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, a biological treatment attempts to remove or suppress certain cells in your immune system that are causing inflammation. While there are many different types of biological treatments, they all work in a similar way by targeting a protein called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha). In psoriasis patients with severe joint and muscle pain, doctors may also prescribe anti-cytokine drugs.

Who Can Use These Treatments?

Biological treatments, also called biologics, are medical treatments used to treat severe inflammatory skin diseases like psoriasis. Currently, doctors prescribe three different types of biologics for people with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Doctors use them when other methods like topical creams and ultraviolet light therapy aren’t effective. Biological treatments include interleukin 12 (IL-12), alefacept, and ustekinumab.

Side Effects

The side effects of phototherapy can be uncomfortable, but they’re generally mild. Some patients develop temporary redness or itchiness in treated areas; others get sunburns at spots where their skin was treated. And during some treatments, you may feel a little lightheaded or drunk from light exposure—the same way your eyes may feel after a long day outside on a bright summer day. Photo-sensitizing drugs can sometimes cause less common side effects like nausea and headache.

Long-Term Results

In a recent paper, published in Annals of Dermatology in 2017, researchers followed 177 patients treated with biological drugs. After one year of treatment, 68% of those patients were cured (i.e., their skin was clear and did not require continued treatment). After four years, 34% of these cured patients had relapsed and needed re-treatment; after 10 years, however, none had relapsed.

Where To Start

If you have psoriasis, you know that it’s difficult to talk about. But communicating about your condition can help you feel more confident in yourself and also make it easier for others—including your loved ones, your healthcare providers, and even strangers—to understand what you’re going through. With that in mind, here are a few ways you can get started talking about psoriasis so that people around you will better understand what they can do to help.

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