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Chesterfield salt spa treats allergies, rashes

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) -

If you're suffering from seasonal allergies, ear infections, or other skin and lung issues, here's an unusual solution: spend the afternoon in a salty room.

It's a new health craze, and now there's a location where you can try it right here in Richmond at the Breathe Easy Salt Spa. The owner, Robert Gebhardt, says the spas help with all sorts of lung, health, and skin issues because the salt is anti-bacterial and healing.

The ceiling, walls, and floor are all covered in salt. There is also a vent that blows finely ground salt into the air. All you have to do is sit in it -- or in the case of the kids, play in it. 
 
Gebhardt discovered salt spas after his son, Myles, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

"Cystic Fibrosis causes mucous buildup in his lungs," said Gebhardt. "The salt air helps keep his lungs clean, it absorbs any excess mucous in there and kills bacteria on contact."

The treatment was so helpful for Gebhardt's son that family members committed to opening their own salt spa here in Chesterfield.

Denan Lance says it helps with her lupus, rash, and allergies.

" I could see the redness in my skin going down, the healing in my skin. And it's been one of the best things I've been able to find," she said.

Meredith Utley brings her children for rashes and ear infections; her husband comes for allergies.

"He has allergies really bad, and he finally came in and one time he sat in here and he was cleared up," said Utley.

There's no prescribed amount of time you're supposed to have to come to feel better. It's supposed to treat a whole host of health problems. To learn more, go to the Breathe Easy Salt Spa website.

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