Dead Sea Salt Balneophototherapy vs. Ultraviolet B Light Therapy for Psoriasis.

Title: A randomized controlled comparison of the efficacy of Dead Sea salt balneophototherapy vs. narrowband ultraviolet B monotherapy for chronic plaque psoriasis.
: Dawe RS, et al.
Publication: Br J Dermatol. 2005 Sep;153(3):613-9.

Dead Sea salt solution soaks in combination with narrowband ultraviolet B therapy (called Dead Sea salt balneophototherapy), has been used in treatment of psoriasis particularly in central Europe.

The author wanted to compare Dead Sea salt balneophototherapy with just narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy for chronic plaque psoriasis. To do this, they enrolled 60 patients. They randomly soak either the left or right limb of the patients with Dead Sea salt, and then subject them to ultraviolet B light. The patients were then assessed weekly during the therapy, and every 2 months after therapy until relapse or for up to 1 year after clearance.

The authors reported that the psoriasis severity score fell slightly more with the Dead Sea salt balneophototherapy than just with ultraviolet B therapy. There was no difference in terms of frequency or time to relapse.

The authors concluded that the addition of Dead Sea salt soak to narrowband ultraviolet B light therapy did not result in clinically important improvement in the clearance of psoriasis.

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