Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Psoriasis is a long-term medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly, resulting in thick, silvery, or red patches of skin called plaques. Ninety percent of people with psoriasis have plaque-type psoriasis. It is not contagious.
The second most common type of psoriasis is called guttate psoriasis. The onset of the condition usually follows a strep infection. You get skin patches shaped like raindrops. Guttate psoriasis usually affects people younger than 30. It may occur as a single outbreak or in repeated episodes, especially in the case of individuals with ongoing respiratory infections.
Psoriasis affects both men and women, most often appearing in adolescence and early adulthood, but it can develop in infancy or later adulthood.
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. Research points to an abnormality of special white blood cells that triggers inflammation of the skin. Heredity, stress, infections, and physical injury to the skin may trigger psoriasis.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but treatment options are available to keep your psoriasis under control and lessen your symptoms.
Psoriasis can be mild, with small areas of rash, to moderate or severe, with inflamed skin and raised red areas topped with loose, silvery, scaling skin. In severe cases, skin may itch and be tender. Large patches of skin with psoriasis can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Psoriasis may affect the fingernails and toenails, causing the nail to pit, change colors, and separate from the nail bed. Swollen, stiff joints may be a sign of psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis appears as thick silvery or red patches of skin called plaques.
Psoriasis appears as changes in the nails including pitting, color, and separation from the nail bed.
Guttate psoriasis appears as skin patches shaped like raindrops.
We diagnose psoriasis by looking at the patches on your skin. Usually, no special tests are needed. Severity is indicated by the amount of redness and scaling, thickness of the plaques (large areas of raised skin patches), and percentage of skin affected.
Occasionally, we remove a skin sample (biopsy). We may order X-rays if joint pain is present or take a skin test to rule out a fungal infection.
In the case of guttate psoriasis symptoms, we may check for strep throat.
The cause of psoriasis is unknown. The tendency to develop psoriasis may be inherited since one-third of people with psoriasis have family members with the condition. We believe that the immune system may also be a factor. Other factors contributing to development of psoriasis include:
The following factors may increase your risk of developing the disease or increase the severity of the disease:
While you cannot prevent psoriasis, skin care at home may help improve your appearance and ease the discomfort of damaged skin. These tips will improve symptoms or reduce flare-ups:
Psoriasis treatment focuses on slowing the rapid growth of skin cells and reducing inflammation and plaque formation. Removing scale and soothing the skin are also part of treatment. There are 3 main types of treatment:
Light therapy or phototherapy
These therapies involve the use of natural or artificial ultraviolet light for the treatment of psoriasis.
We may recommend prescription medication for moderate or severe psoriasis or if topical medicines and phototherapy are not working for you.
Complementary therapies include the use of herbs, vitamins, certain diets, and stress reduction. These therapies may relieve symptoms in some people:
Psoriasis can cause complications such as low self-esteem, depression, stress, anxiety, and social isolation. Psoriatic arthritis can be debilitating and painful, interfering with daily activities and causing erosion in joints. To cope and feel more in control:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.