Should You Try a Biologic for Eczema?

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Erin Azuse

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Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by patches of red, itchy skin. Standard treatments, including moisturizers and topical steroid creams, are helpful for many patients, but if your eczema symptoms aren’t improving as much as you would like, ask yourself the following questions: Is the itchiness caused by your eczema unrelenting? Have you developed skin infections because of your constant scratching? Is a large portion of your body affected? If you answered “yes,” a new line of treatment known as biologic therapy, also called biologics, may be right for you.    

Biologics target the root of inflammation.

The medical community has been touting the benefits of biologics for some time. Biologics are being used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including asthma, cancer, arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease; more recently, eczema has joined the list.

Caring for sensitive skin and eczema can be challenging, but with the right tips and tricks, you can give your skin the love it needs.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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