Psoriasis: swimming allowed in the swimming pool

About two million people in the Federal Republic suffer from psoriasis (Psoriasis). This is a reaction disorder of the skin, which manifests itself as inflammation and scaling in very different forms, but is not contagious or infectious. According to the bathing regulations, people with psoriasis were previously forbidden access to public swimming pools. From now on you can enjoy the beautiful weather outside and, like others, visit public baths.

Bäderverband rewrites bathing regulations

After negotiations with the German Psoriasis Federation, the German Society for the Therapy of the Baths has changed the model bathing regulations for public swimming pools. The passage "Persons who suffer from (...) skin lesions such as dandruff or scabs peeling off and passing into the water" are deleted from the model bathing order. Instead, it is now stated in § 2 c:

"Access is not permitted: persons who suffer from a reportable communicable disease (in case of doubt the submission of a medical certificate may be required) or open wounds".

Psoriasis is not unhygienic

Everybody gets rid of dander during bathing. Even with a person suffering from psoriasis is not to be expected that solve many dandruff that could burden the bath water. The normal hygiene measure, which applies to all bathers, namely the thorough showering before bathing, is sufficient to rinse loose scales.

"We recommend that our patients have a good shower and gently brush off with a soft brush. Then, more dandruff will not enter the water than in others, " explains dermatologist Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Barth: "What remains is the sight of a skin disease that may be perceived as unpleasant by other bathers." Here, the bathing staff could help mediate and bathers who should take offense to educate about the disease.

Skin disease and still swimming ...

One can only hope that many psoriasis patients will make use of their new right: for it takes courage to visit a public swimming pool with a visible skin disease and to face the eyes of others. People with psoriasis, in particular, suffer from being stared at and marginalized for their skin. They tend to hide themselves and their diseased skin as they often feel left out and rejected.

The change of the bathing order is therefore above all a moral victory against social stigmatization and exclusion. Now no psoriasis patient needs to be more scared to be thrown out of the bathhouse because of his skin disease. A piece of normalcy for about 2 million victims in the Federal Republic.

Bathing is an important part of the therapy

It just psoriatiker (people with psoriasis) can benefit greatly from swimming. "Bathing is an important part of therapy, " explains Prof. Barth. The German Dermatological Society (DDG) has just published a study showing the effectiveness of therapeutic baths with brine on 1200 patients. Baden softens the upper skin layer, which can therefore be better penetrated by UV rays. The optical density of the skin is improved, thereby the radiation of sunlight can penetrate deeper into the skin. The UV-B radiation causes the inflammatory cells, which play an important role in the disease, are killed.


Bathing - best in brine - and subsequent sunbathing helps to reduce psoriasis. Especially in the outdoor pool season, it is a great gain for psoriasis patients to be able to enjoy the healing power of water and sun. Especially beneficial for psoriasis sufferers is sauna-bathing. Sweating and frequent water applications cause the top layer of the skin to swell. The persistent calluses of psoriasis affected skin can be softened and peeled off. Source: German Psoriasis Bund e. V.

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