Results

Results

Fourty-Three ( 49.4% ) of the patients were male and 44 ( 50.6 % ) of them were female with the mean age of 32.5 –/+ 14.3.Sixty-five ( 74.7 % ) had plaque type psoriasis vulgaris.The mean duration of the disease was 10.6 –/+ 5 years. Fifty-two ( 59.7 %) of the study group came to the hot spring for the first time and 35 ( 40.3 % ) had come to hot spring previously.

The mean length of stay in the spa was 11.5 –/+ 6.6 days. The patients used the pools twice daily.The mean length of stay of the patients in the pools was 7.4 –/+ 1.1 hours in a day. ( Fig. 1 ).

The first examination scores were significantly higher when compared with the scores of 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 21 days after treatment (p<0.01) ( Table 3, Fig 2 ). After a 21 day follow up of only 14 patients, 8 ( 57.14%)patients comletely recovered and 6 ( 42.85% ) patients only partially recovered ( Figs, 3, 4).

Significantly longer remission periods, when compared to topical corticosteriod treatment, were reported by the 35 patients who were treated in the hot spring previously ( p<0.01) ( Table 4).