How can biologic therapies treat my psoriasis?
Psoriasis develops from a series of faulty signals in the body’s immune system. For reasons we don’t yet understand, the immune system signals white blood cells called T-cells to activate. These T-cells then release chemicals called cytokines. The cytokines cause skin cells to grow at a rapid rate.
Continuing rapid skin cell growth leads to thick, scaly, red and/or white patches on the skin. Some patients have only isolated patches of psoriasis, while others have this condition all over.
Biologic therapies stimulate the immune system to slow or stop this cycle of rapid skin cell growth. Your doctor will inject a special chemical solution into the muscles or skin once or twice a week over several weeks.