Treating Eczema With Biologics


Lavanya Krishnan, MD

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Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin disease associated with itching and extreme dryness. The newest advances in the treatment of eczema are biological drugs. Highly advanced, targeted therapies, “biologics” are genetically engineered drugs tailor-made from living cells cultured in a laboratory. They work by suppressing portions of the immune system responsible for allergy-related conditions and have been very successful in treating moderate to severe eczema cases.

How Biologics Work

In chronic, inflammatory diseases like eczema, the immune system overreacts to certain irritants. This response leads to red, itchy patches forming on the skin. Biologics are essentially designed to stop the immune system from overreacting, thus lessening the severity of atopic dermatitis symptoms. These drugs are intended for and approved to treat moderate to severe cases of atopic dermatitis, or cases that can’t be managed successfully using topical medications or other treatments. 

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

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