Progress On Psoriasis, From ‘Last In Line’ To Often First, But At A Price

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Progress On Psoriasis, From ‘Last In Line’ To Often First, But At A Price

Biologics are improving the treatment of psoriasis.

My body is a walking encyclopedia covering 40 years of psoriasis treatments.

I’ve had hundreds of cortisone injections shot into my scalp, arms and legs. Thick black tar applied to my head so it could be absorbed into the scaly red plaques that surfaced when my condition flared. Salicylic acid shampoos that stunk like hot asphalt. Light box treatments. Methotrexate and cyclosporine, immune system suppressants prescribed variously for cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and organ transplant recipients.

And still, it was there. Always, or nearly always. The inflamed, flaking, cracking skin. Wavy ridges in my fingernails. Hundreds of hours spent in dermatology offices. Thousands of attempts to hide painful, embarrassing skin patches that would appear on elbows, knees, scalp and other surprising places when I was under stress, on a deadline, or for no obvious reason at all.

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