1998
DOI: 10.1001/archderm.134.11.1416
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Different Modalities of Spa Therapy for Skin Diseases at the Dead Sea Area

Abstract: Background: Balneology and spa therapy, although not accepted as well-established treatment modalities in dermatology, are used throughout the world. The therapeutic properties for skin and rheumatic diseases of the Dead Sea area may be attributed to unique climatic characteristics and unique natural resources. The mechanisms by which a broad spectrum of diseases are alleviated by spa therapy may involve mechanical, thermal, and chemical effects.Objective: To review and discuss various spa therapy modalities, … Show more

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“…Apart from this there are general contraindications for using DS climatotherapy which include severe psychiatric conditions, epilepsy, cardiac dysrhythmias, compromised balance and addiction to mind-altering substances e.g., alcohol [21]. While most kinds of psoriasis respond to the DS therapy, the exceptions are generalized pustular psoriasis and erythoderma [22].…”
Section: Effects Of Phototherapy On Psoriasismentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Apart from this there are general contraindications for using DS climatotherapy which include severe psychiatric conditions, epilepsy, cardiac dysrhythmias, compromised balance and addiction to mind-altering substances e.g., alcohol [21]. While most kinds of psoriasis respond to the DS therapy, the exceptions are generalized pustular psoriasis and erythoderma [22].…”
Section: Effects Of Phototherapy On Psoriasismentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Historically, the combination of dead sea salts, which are rich in anti-inflammatory mediators, with irradiation, called heliotherapy, was and is useful for the treatment of many skin and rheumatic conditions. 29 In general, UV light works by decreasing keratinocyte proliferation and has anti- Severe Ͼ10 Systemic *To determine a patient's body surface area (BSA) of plaque involvement, the doctor would use the patient's own palmar handprint as a guide while they perform their examination. The surface area for each handprint is equal to 0.8% of the total BSA for men, 21 0.7% for women, and 0.94% for children.…”
Section: Ultraviolet Light (Sort Criteria Recommendation B Level Of mentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Though this is not the place to describe the mechanisms of action, indications and contraindications of the substances used in Thalassotherapy, we would like to highlight that these agents are used to palliate or cure certain diseases including skin, respiratory tract and cardiovascular system disorders along with chronic rheumatic diseases. Worldwide, there are many health resort medicine centers dedicated to Thalassotherapy, especially in countries with coasts in northern and southern Europe, North Africa, Japan and, of course, the Dead Sea area (Armijo and San Martín 1994;Bobet 1999;Halevy and Sukenik 1998;Lucchetta et al 2007). In our country, Spain, Medical Hydrology is recognized as a medical specialty and Thalassotherapy is part of its curriculum.…”
Section: Sirmentioning
confidence: 99%