How do biologics work to treat my eczema?

Biologics are a class of medications that can be used to treat eczema, a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation and itching. Biologics work by targeting specific parts of the immune system that are involved in the development of eczema.

Biologics are typically used in patients with moderate to severe eczema that is not well controlled by traditional eczema treatments such as topical corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors.

The most common type of biologic used to treat eczema is an anti-IL-31 receptor A (IL-31RA) antagonist, such as nemolizumab. It works by binding to and neutralizing interleukin-31 (IL-31), a protein that plays a key role in the development of eczema by causing itching and inflammation.

Biologics are typically administered via subcutaneous injection or intravenous infusion, and are usually prescribed by a dermatologist. They can be effective in reducing the symptoms of eczema, but they do have potential side effects, so it's important to discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor before starting treatment.

It's important to note that biologics are not meant to replace traditional eczema therapy, but rather to be used in combination with them, and that not all patients with eczema will require biologic treatment. Your dermatologist will determine the most appropriate treatment based on the severity and type of eczema and your overall health status.

Source: Vivacare
Last updated : 1/27/2023

How do biologics work to treat my eczema? originally published by Vivacare