Psoriasis treatment at the Dead Sea: a natural selective ultraviolet phototherapy

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1985 Apr;12(4):639-43. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(85)70087-4.


A naturally filtered ultraviolet spectrum of sunlight along with other natural factors are utilized in the management of psoriasis at the Dead Sea area in Israel. In 110 patients with psoriasis, 85.5% achieved complete clearing or excellent improvement. These results compare favorably with other therapeutic regimens used today in the treatment of psoriasis. Since systemic medications are avoided, the potential risks may be considerably lessened. Therefore, this therapeutic modality may be considered in the management spectrum of psoriasis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Climate*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psoriasis / therapy*
  • Ultraviolet Therapy / methods*