Intralesional therapeutic injections aim at delivering the required medicine directly into the affected skin region to increase its efficacy and prevent the drug from affecting other organs. They are often recommended for treating various skin conditions such as , psoriasis, alopecia areata, acne cysts, and hyperplastic and hypertrophic scars and keloid scars.
The most common medication used for intralesional injection is a corticosteroid known as triamcinolone acetonide, and most individuals require repeated injectind every 4-6 weeks until the condition reverts to normal.
Corticosteroids are naturally occurring substances that are also produced by the adrenal glands in the abdomen. They help suppress inflammation and moderate the amount of collagen in the skin.
Intralesional steroid therapy is a safe procedure, and the risk of the steroid being absorbed into the bloodstream and causing side effects is extremely low.
How Does Dr. Ebrahim Perform Intralesional Injection Therapies?
Dr. Ebrahim will thoroughly understand your overall health problems, ongoing medications, and possible allergies to decide if you’d benefit from an intralesional therapy without any side effects.
If you prove to be a candidate, then based on the extent of your lesions or patches, the number of injections and therapy sessions required will be decided.
During the session, the lesions can be numbed with a local anaesthetic for your comfort, but it isn’t mandatory.
The treatment is pretty straightforward, like any other injection therapy. The doctor carefully injects the drug into the lesions or directly beneath the skin.
She may place a dressing over the injected parts, which can be removed after some time.
Are There Any Associated Side Effects of Intralesional Injections?
It doesn’t cause any severe side-effects as such. You may experience some pain over the injected area, which is normal.
Some rare and unexpected side effects may include an allergic reaction, skin infection, atrophy, skin pigmentation and telengiectasias.