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M E D I C A L S EC T I O N
TRI-COUNTY
ASTHMA • ALLERGIES
BIOLOGICS
The term “biologics” is the name of a new class of
medical treatment. They are highly targeted medicines,
often modified antibodies, designed to perform a very
specific action in the body, usually by blocking a very
specific function. In the field of Allergy some of the
new biologics have become extremely useful tools
for treating conditions in people for whom traditional
medications have not worked. The conditions Allergists
treat with biologics include asthma, eczema (atopic
dermatitis), and chronic hives (urticaria). Prior to
biologics, these conditions often required frequent or
long-term treatment with oral steroids or other harsh
medications which can cause many and serious side
effects. Of course biologics have their own side-effects
but they are much rarer and treatment with them is
generally well-tolerated.
The goal of treating these conditions with biologics is
to achieve good control over the symptoms without
needing oral steroids. For asthma, the currently available
biologics include Omalizumab (Xolair), Mepolizumab
(Nucala), Reslizumab (Cinqair), and Benralizumab
(Fasenra). Depending on the specifics of one’s asthma,
one biologic might be more appropriate than another.
For eczema, the only available biologic is Dupilumab
(Dupixent). As with asthma, treatment with this biologic
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could cut down the need for oral steroids as well as
even topical steroids to maintain control of eczema
symptoms. For chronic hives, the same biologic used to
treat asthma, Omalizumab, has also been shown to be
effective in reducing symptoms in about 70% of people.
Biologics are also a big step forward toward the lofty goal
of personalized medicine. Medical research is showing
that not all asthmatics have the same exact type of
inflammation when one “looks under the hood.” By
using the correct biologic in the correct scenario, better
control of symptoms can be achieved without resorting
to frequent or long-term use of harsher medications.
While asthma has multiple options, eczema and chronic
hives currently have only one biologic option each. The
good news is that more biologics are on the way. To
see if a biologic treatment is the correct option for you,
make an appointment to see one of our Allergists today.
Yoram Padeh, M.D.
Board-Certified in Allergy & Immunology (ABAI)
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