Does Sodium permeate through skin?

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Pablo DG
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Does Sodium permeate through skin?

I have these query since my father is taking salt baths (NaCl only) once or twice a week after his chemotherapy session. 
Salt baths allegedly help detoxify the organism, but if sodium were to pass through skin that wouldnt be any good. 
My first guess si it doesnt freely permeate, but I´d like someone to explain me a bit more or direct me somewere I could read about it.

Thanks a lot in advance

Regards

Pablo

Abhishek Singh
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 transport of sodium is under

 transport of sodium is under control of proteins responsible for it like channel transporter etc therefore its activity get saturated even the solute concentration is very high and it get permeate according to cellular codition not due to sodium conc. very high salt conc may lead to other side effect which should need a clinician views.

Pablo DG
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 Thanks for your reply. That

 Thanks for your reply. That`s what I assumed. But didn`t really know what would happen under high concentrations 

g a
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 Hi Pablo DG

 Hi Pablo DG

It is not known nor is there any scientific proof for the same ..... but I just had a thought that water baths induce imbibation so probably wet skin is going to be slightly more permeable to salt than a dry one. 
 
As far as mechanism of Sodium chloride permeability is concerned It can directly diffuse through membranes as well as involves the sodium transporters.