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If you have not yet decided where to go on holiday, the specialists recommend choosing a place with a beach nearby

If you have not yet decided where to go on holiday, the specialists recommend choosing a place with a beach nearby

•The symptoms of dermatological or allergological pathologies are among those who will benefit the most from this type of climate.  

•Temperature changes between land and sea produce a continuous recycling of coastal air, making it cleaner and less loaded with environmental pollutants and allergens.

So-called thalassotherapy has been in use since ancient times, a therapeutic method that takes advantage of the beneficial effects of seawater and the maritime climate to treat a multitude of pathologies such as rheumatic, traumatic, dermatological and respiratory diseases. All these benefits are available for those who decide to spend their holidays by the sea, enjoying not only paradise beaches or towns with a wide range of offers for leisure and relaxation, but also the incomparable properties and advantages of the sea and the surrounding climate.

Dr Jaime Garcia Campos, an allergologist at the Vithas Xanit International Hospital, part of the Vithas Health Group, which has 19 hospitals and 28 Vithas Salud monographic centres in Spain, states that: "In coastal climates, the sea breezes generated by the changes in temperature between land and sea produce a continuous recycling of the air on the coast, making this air purer and less loaded with environmental pollutants and allergens. This may be especially important for patients with pollen allergy who may develop symptoms within minutes or hours of exposure to allergens. Breathing cleaner air can help minimize the symptoms."

On the other hand, sea water is an immense source of molecules of great value in the field of medicine, and we can take advantage of almost all its natural properties. "Nasal washes with seawater are indicated for both habitual hygiene and in cases of certain pathologies, whether it be for allergic rhinitis, dry rhinitis, rhinosinusitis or nasosinusal polyposis, among others. These cleansings moisturize the mucous membrane, fluidize secretions and eliminate impurities, pathogens and allergens, improving nasal congestion. In addition, the sea water favours the absorption of marine trace elements through the nasal mucosa contributing to improve the vibration of the cilia of the surface cells, which is like a kind of brush that sweeps and pushes the mucus outwards", explains Dr Garcia Campos.

In the field of dermatology, the benefits are also multiple. For example, bathing in the sea is good for atopic dermatitis because seawater has a composition very similar to that of our blood plasma, with multiple mineral salts, trace elements and amino acids, which give it antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, thus facilitating the healing of rashes, abrasions and minor wounds such as those of atopic eczema. In addition, "the salt contained in the sand on the beach gives it a very important natural exfoliating capacity, easily removing damaged and dead cells from our skin", concludes Dr Norberto Lopez, Dermatologist at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.

5 more benefits of sea water for our skin.

Dr Norberto Lopez establishes another 5 benefits that seawater brings to our skin:

1. It treasures microorganisms that produce antibiotic, antimicrobial and antibacterial substances. Therefore, contact with salt water also has disinfecting properties.

2. The minerals in seawater, such as magnesium, help to moisturise and nourish the skin. They have a repairing effect.

3. The combination of seawater and sunshine promotes the production of vitamin D, which is essential for the skin's vitality and elasticity. However, we must be very careful with overexposure to the sun since water does not protect us from the sun's rays, but on the contrary, water causes us to burn more easily due to reflecting the radiation.

4. In cases of acne, the antibacterial properties of sea salt and the drying effect of the sun (always with protection) help to gradually disappear granites and blackheads.

5. The contrast of the sea water temperature, which is often low, and the movement/impact of the waves on our body, stimulates circulation, which is undoubtedly very beneficial for skin health.

Vithas' commitment: accredited quality care, personalized service and long term

Vithas is the leading healthcare operator with 100% Spanish capital and the second largest in Spain. Each year, it cares for more than 5.000.000 patients in its 19 hospitals and 28 medical centres called Vithas Salud. The 47 centres are distributed throughout the country and include hospitals in Alicante, Almeria, Benalmadena, Castellon, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla, Tenerife, Vigo, Valencia and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The 28 Vithas Salud centres are located in Alicante, Almuñécar, Elche, El Ejido, Fuengirola, Granada, La Estrada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Marín, Nerja, Pontevedra, Rincon de la Victoria, Sanxenxo, Sevilla, Torre del Mar, Torremolinos, Vilagarcia, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Vithas counts upon more than 300 extraction points throughout Spain thanks to its network of VithasLab laboratories and its own central purchasing office, PlazaSalud24, which as a leader in the sector provides services to more than 39 hospitals, 35 medical centres and 20 dental clinics. Finally, Vithas currently has a strategic agreement in the Balearic Islands with the Juaneda Healthcare Network, which has 5 hospitals and a wide network of medical centres throughout the region. 

Vithas' commitment to accredited quality healthcare and personalized service goes hand in hand with the firm support and long-term vision of Vithas' shareholders: Goodgrower, who control 80% of the capital, and the' La Caixa' group, with the remaining 20%.

With a growth model based on geographical diversification and sustainability, Vithas plans to continue consolidating its national presence both by opening new centres and through acquisitions.

About Vithas Xanit International Hospital 

Vithas Xanit Internacional Hospital (www.xanit.es) has a team of more than 780 professionals and has 13.000 m2 distributed over five floors with 106 individual rooms. In addition, it has a specialized medical centre in Malaga, Vithas Xanit Limonar, which offers patients the most innovative techniques and protocols in Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology and also has outpatient consultations with oncology related specialities. Vithas Xanit also has a specialized medical centre, Xanit Fuengirola, bringing their medical team to this town to continue offering its care with the same quality.


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