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Biologics: What are biologics?

Since psoriasis is a condition that stems from the immune system, treating it means also treating your immune system. With typical psoriasis treatment, the entire immune system is shut down in order to combat the condition. Biologic therapy is different because it only works on an arm of the immune system, thus allowing the rest of the immune system to operate like normal. There are proteins called cyctokines, and when there's an overproduction of these cytokines, the skin responds quickly by turning over too quickly, therefore causing psoriasis. Biologics work not by slowing the production of these cytokines, but by binding to them, rendering them inactive. As Dr. Bobby Buka explains in this video, biologics is a treatment that pinpoints the psoriasis so the body’s immune system can stay intact and keep fighting off other dangers to your health.

Dr. Bobby Buka

This video features Dr. Bobby Buka. Dr. Bobby Buka is a Section Chief at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Buka is also a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology & Society for Pediatric Dermatology

Duration: 01:54.
Review date: April 29, 2014
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