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Dr. Willy W. Avrach, M.D. Medical Advisor to the I.P.T.C. Dermatologic Clinic Dead Sea, Israel
First Published in " CLIMO THERAPY AT THE DEAD SEA, ISRAEL"
by I.P.T.C., International Psoriasis Treatment Center.


Climatic treatment has become a well-established modality for the treatment of Psoriasis, Psoriasis-Arthritis, Atopic Dermatitis, Exsema and ect., together, with other phototherapeutic methods. More than 35 years , climatotherapy has been used at the Dead Sea in Israel. This therapy combines exposure to high-intensity UVA due to the naturally filtrated ultraviolet spectrum below sea level with other natural factors, such as the high concentration of salts in the Sea.  
According to Kushelevsky and Shifrin, the UV content of the sunlight reaching the Dead Sea in the erythemal band (290-330 nm) is particularly low, the average stay at the Dead Sea for patients is 1 month yearly.

Patients of all ages and different forms of psoriasis (mostly extensive plague-type) are treated at the Dead Sea.

The sun's radiation is usually steady and predictable. It is furthermore modified by the extra 400 meters (a quarter of a mile) of atmosphere to be traversed below sea level and the haze of water vapor and aerosols overlying the Sea itself.

The results of the treatment of psoriasis at the Dead Sea, without the use of corticosteroids or any internal medication, are as good as any of the most effective present day modalities and less dangerous to the patient than most of them. After a stay of four weeks the majority of patients become free or almost free of all active skin lesions and the remainder are nearly all improved. Only very rarely is there no response or a worsening of the condition. Further research into the factors responsible for these results is clearly called for both on its own account and to help advance our understanding of the disease.


Prof. Zvi Even-Paz, M.D.

Dept. of Dermatology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem

Former Medical Director, International Psoriasis Treatment Center, Ein Bokek, Dead Sea