Psoriasis: Dead Sea Medical Tourism VS OTC Topical Treatments

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Proper management of psoriasis symptoms requires regular treatment. Since the disease affects each person differently, it can take some time and experimentation to find the best option. While psoriasis does not yet have a cure, finding the optimal regimen can greatly reduce or even eliminate psoriasis symptoms. This is why it is critical for psoriasis patients to work with their doctors and educate themselves on the many treatment options available today. In this blog post, you will learn about Dead Sea medical tourism and how it compares to over the counter topical treatments. 

PsoriasisWhat is Dead Sea Medical Tourism? 

The Dead Sea area, between the countries of Israel and Jordan, has become a popular destination for health research and treatment. Due to the region’s low altitude (-427 meters below sea level) and climate, many patients of a variety of skin diseases and ailments have benefitted from the sea’s high mineral content, reduced exposure to harmful UV rays, higher atmospheric pressure, and low levels of allergens and pollen in the air.

Dead Sea Tourism and Psoriasis 

Thanks to what is known as climatotherapy, psoriasis sufferers have found long lasting symptom relief after exposure to the sun, sea, and mud of the Dead Sea region.  According to the 2007 International Journal of Dermatology, “the treatment was highly effective and free of side effects, while the duration of the therapeutic effect lasted, in terms of major reappearance lesion, deep into the second half of the first year after exposure.”

Dead Sea Medical Tourism VS OTC Topical Treatments

Many forms of topical treatments are available over the counter for psoriasis treatment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved salicylic acid and tar as effective psoriasis treatments in limited concentration, as in high concentrations they may cause a skin irritation or allergic reaction in some patients. However as science progresses new remedies are offered with lower salicylic acid and tar concentrations and higher efficacy, the lower concentrations limits the risks for irritations and allergic reactions. So people that are aware of their past mall-reactions to tar should try any such new remedy on a small skin area first.

While psoriasis sufferers can benefit greatly from climatotherapy and other Dead Sea therapies, travelling can be a costly and time-consuming ordeal.  In addition, psoriasis patients must limit their exposure to the sun, even in the Dead Sea region, to avoid an increased risk for skin cancer. And while Dead Sea treatments have proven effective at the clinical level, studies have found little evidence of improvement at molecular and cellular levels.


When exploring psoriasis treatment options, always consider your personal needs and budget. Every option has its own unique set of benefits as well as risks. One factor to consider is time. The benefits of Dead Sea therapies typically take two to three weeks to achieve, while some over the counter treatments can take effect in just a few days.

In addition to the time one must commit for effective relief, Dead Sea medical tourism can be quite costly for some patients. Flight and hotel reservations must be made along with many other travel expenses. Purchasing the topical treatments can save you a huge expense as well as the headache of booking the flight and hotel room. Over the counter treatments is in fact the better option because you can see results almost instantaneously. As opposed to traveling to the Dead Sea and seeing benefits two weeks later.

Written by Chase Sabo. Chase is an aspiring writer. He loves to write about marketing, SEO and social media.

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