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Sulfur and Psoriasis

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis do not smell like that! Have you ever had sulfur treated water? I was invited to a friend’s home and she told me that they used well water and that it was being treated with sulfur. She told me the awful odor that came from the use of the water was because of the sulfur. She actually described the odor as rotten eggs. When I smelled it, she was right. This prompted me to do my own research on sulfur and the effects it had on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

What are the benefits of sulfur?

As they say; curious minds want to know. It surprised me to know that there were benefits to using sulfur. It is a natural mineral that is found near hot springs. Sulfur has a dioxide gas that releases a distinct odor.

Benefits of sulfur pertaining to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis:

  1. Sulfur lowers toxins in the body
  2. Sulfur eases itching caused by psoriasis
  3. Sulfur helps the liver in detoxifying
  4. Sulfur relieves pain from psoriatic arthritis
  5. Sulfur helps in strong nails and hair
  6. Sulfur keeps skin elastic and youthful looking
  7. Sulfur minimizes the dandruff resulted from psoriasis

Is there a relationship between sulfur and increased immunity?

It amazed me to know that countries with high sulfur intake were the healthiest. One of the main reasons for this is the increased immunity due to the stimulation of the immune system, physical relaxation, endorphins production and gland function. I also found out in my research that there is sulfur that you can find in foods that may help with psoriatic arthritis.

I remember as a child using topical sulfur on my skin. First of all it was pure black and had the worse smell ever. Can you imagine going to sleep with this very bad odor all over you? For me, it was a mess but I knew it had benefits to heal my uncontrollable psoriasis.

What foods are high in sulfur?

Foods rich in sulfur which help with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are the following:

  1. Eggs have a high content of sulfur. It has been shown that the raw eggs yolks are excellent for skin and hair, of course, this is due to the sulfur in the eggs
  2. Salmon
  3. Asparagus
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Kale
  6. Onions
  7. Garlic
  8. Parsley
  9. Red Bell Pepper
  10. Brussel sprouts

As with many autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the foods we eat are very important. Why, because I think psoriasis is affected by the foods we eat; this has not been proven yet. There are foods that weaken the immune system and foods that strengthen the immune system. The above foods may strengthen the immune system because of the sulfur content.

What’s the verdict on sulfur and psoriasis?

Could the smelly sulfur water be good for my disease? There were studies done at the Dead Sea Coast. Over the years man has been seeking a cure for psoriasis. Some minerals in water had great effects on psoriasis, one of them which happens to be sulfur. There is written documentation about the beneficial effects of sulfur and alkaline water in the treatment of psoriasis. This had been practiced since the Roman times.

Balneotherapy is a treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs. Psoriasis is listed as one of the diseases that are successfully treated with Balneotherapy. The results of these studies were phenomenal and I was fascinated by it.1

I know psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis doesn’t smell rotten, but perhaps this very odorous mineral is beneficial in relieving so many issues with this autoimmune disease.

As for my friend and her invitation to introduce me to well water with sulfur; I’m not certain, but what I can guarantee myself is that I will eat plenty of salmon, eggs and brussel sprouts and just maybe I too will see the sulfuric benefits and my lifelong battle with psoriasis and finally find some relief.

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  1. Levitt, M. Do mineral baths hold water as a psoriasis treatment?


  • jogden38
    2 years ago

    So what are your ideas for people who are allergic to sulfur? At least food and medicine wise?

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi jogden38, that’s a good question! An allergy to sulfa products in medication is not the same thing as a sulfur allergy. To the best of our knowledge no one can be allergic to elemental sulfur, which means good news, sulfurous veggies should be a-okay, unless there’s another reason you can’t eat them. Best wishes and thanks for asking!
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

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