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July 2002

Saline Spa Water and UV-B for Psoriasis

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(7):979-980. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.7.979

I read with interest the article by Léauté-Labrèze et al1 titled "Saline Spa Water or Combined Water and UV-B for Psoriasis vs Conventional UV-B" in a recent issue of the ARCHIVES. This is an important article that demonstrates that there is no additional therapeutic effect of bathing to enhance UV-B phototherapy. The authors cited an earlier publication by my colleagues and me,2 mentioning that we "demonstrated that skin sensitivity to UV-B irradiation is increased by bathing in salted water."