Last updated: May 14, 2009
This suppression of the immune system has a big downside, however. It can leave the door open for infections ranging from the common cold to seriousand potentially fatalfungal infections.
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Despite some alarming reports of infections, experts say that the small risk of infection shouldnt deter patients for whom the treatment is appropriate. Patients and dermatologists should be aware of the risks, however, and should keep an eye out for the warning signs of infection.
More susceptible to colds?
Serious infections resulting from biologics and other immunosuppressant drugs are rare. Many psoriasis patients report a greater susceptibility to everyday illnesses, however.