According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system. The disease causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It mainly affects skin and joints, but can also affect fingernails, toenails, and the inside of the mouth. Some people report that it burns, itches, and stings. While there isn’t known cause of psoriasis, we know that genetics and the immune system play major roles in its development.
This study looked at the economic burden of psoriasis and found that the estimated annual expenses of psoriasis can be as high as $25,796 per person — or $135 billion for everyone with psoriasis in the United States. There are four categories associated with this cost: direct costs, including medical expenses; indirect costs, which measure how psoriasis affects work productivity; intangible costs, such as the impact of psoriasis on quality of life; and medical expenses related to psoriasis comorbidities.
When looking at direct cost alone, researchers estimated people spend upwards of $8,000 a year on doctors visits and treatments. This fact alone has people searching for more cost-effective treatments aside from topical and phototherapy treatments. With that, lets look at a natural psoriasis treatment.
Natural Psoriasis Treatment at Soap Lake
For as long as people have lived in Washington State, Soap Lake has been a popular health and wellness destination. The lake has a high natural mineral count (20 minerals in total), and high alkaline levels, which make Soap Lake a haven for people afflicted with psoriasis, eczema, and shingles. In fact, the National Psoriasis Foundation website notes that Soap Lake’s mineral-rich water and mud are thought to be curative for a number of skin diseases.
Aside from bathing in the lake’s calm, soapy-feeling waters, mud baths are the most common way to enjoy this Washington lake. For as long as people have been visiting, they have enjoyed lying in the Eastern Washington sun, covered in Soap Lake’s dark, curative clay. Not only does the mud absorb oils and toxins, it replenishes pores and sores with healthy minerals. But be careful laying in the sun covered in mud — the minerals and UV rays can induce rapid tanning!
So, if the usual treatments for psoriasis haven’t been working for you, we encourage you to take a trip to Soap Lake. While there, we recommend staying at Soap Lake Natural Spa & Resort. Their mission is to cater to any traveler seeking a chance to heal their body. The resort has modern hotel rooms in a historic inn, quaint cottages, and luxurious log cabins. When booking your reservation, make sure to get a room with an in-suite jacuzzi — they can pump in healing mineral water from the lake! This way, you can take a cure from the privacy of your room, no matter the time of year.