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Long-term effects of psoriasis treatment with mineral water and peloids of la Toja.

Keywords: Psoriasis, Peloid, Pelotherapy, Mineral Water

Introduction and Objectives

Psoriasis is an epidermal, proliferative, chronic, relapsing, genetically determined illness. It is clinically characterised by the appearance of erythematous dry scaly plaques that evolve in the form of outbursts. Flare-ups may be related to systemic and environmental factors.

The medicinal-mineral water from La Toja (SPAIN) is hyperthermal, it has a strong mineralization (30 gr/L), it is radioactive and rich in calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium and it contains sodium chloride, bromine, strontium, borax and fluor. It is used for the treatment of skin conditions, specially psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, because of its therapeutic benefits. At the La Toja Spa, besides medicinal-mineral water, a thermal peloid made with mineral sediments from the spring is also used.

We have established the aim of this study to assess long-term effect the thermal peloid and the La Toja medicinal-mineral water have in the clinical course of patients with psoriasis.

Materials and Methods

Sample of 25 patients diagnosed with psoriasis vulgaris, aged between 12 and 50 (30 being the average age).

The treatment lasted an average of three weeks in which baths with medicinal-mineral water were taken and peloid was applied.

We estimated the different parameters after treatment (12 or 18 months): duration of effect of treatment with mineral water and peloids, relapse disease, ovolution in outbreaks, relapse disease related to stress, relapse disease intensity (more, less), affected areas, subjective assessment (significant improvement, improvement, slight improvement, nothing or worse) and need for medications.


Time after treatment, we observed improvement in all parameters measured in this test, having decreased relapse disease, intensity , affected areas and the subjective assessment.

Our findings are consistent with those of other studies:


The La Toja medicinal-mineral water and peloid clinically improve the clinic of psoriasis, especially disease severity.


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Arribas M (1), Mejide R(2), Mourelle ML(3)

(1)Isla de La Toja Spa, Pontevedra, Spain

(2)Departament of Medicine, University of A Coruna, A Coruna, Spain

(3)Department of Applied Physics. Faculty of Science. University of Vigo Spain

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Title Annotation:Scientific Sessions: Sociedad Espanola de Hidrologia Medica Session 15; texto en ingles
Author:Arribas, M.; Mejide, R.; Mourelle, M.L.
Publication:Anales de Hidrologia Medica
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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