Debunking Seawater: Is It The Best Way To Treat Psoriasis?

As the summer season is yet to come, going at the beach would be one thing that will surely be hit. Sea frolicking has long been considered by a significant number of experts to have a lot of health benefits. From time immemorial, doctors would really suggest that going to the seaside do have healing properties and possess the ability of improving certain illnesses. Dubbed as thalassotherapy, seawater has indeed served a lot of purposes especially in the medical field. Through a series of rigorous studies, experts were able to recently conclude that patients suffering from psoriasis have themselves reported feeling better after swimming in the ocean. However, another angle should also be taken into consideration, which is the fact that it may also have to do with being exposed under the heat of the sun.

Getting To Know Psoriasis

According to reports revealed by The Gisborne Herald, psoriasis, being a chronic and autoimmune skin condition leaves its victims to have debilitating skin rashes made of itchy, scaly plaques. Experts have already determined that ocean water is really different as compared to river water since it contains a significantly higher amounts of minerals, including sodium, chloride, sulfate, magnesium and calcium. The same reason why it has been considered essential for skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Seawater: The Cure For Psoriasis?

Furthermore, as per Everyday Health, bathing with a natural mineral-rich water, known as balneotherapy has long been used in treating psoriasis. It was also found that there is an existing evidence for climatotherapy, where a patient is relocated to a specific location for treatment in the Dead Sea being an effective remedy for the said condition. Studies conducted have also proven that sea water or bathing in sea salts can provide mild psoriasis relief. Ultimately, Mark Lebwohl, MD, chairman emeritus of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board, who is also with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School in New York City and other researchers believe that given the fact that a person with psoriasis cannot afford to travel for the said treatment, getting a bit of relief by adding sea salts to your bath and a relaxing soak won't hurt.


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