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November 1998

Thermalism in Argentina: Alternative or Complementary Dermatologic Therapy

Author Affiliations

From Hospital Diego Thompson and Academia Nacional de Medicina (Dr Ubogui), Hospital CEMIC (Dr Stengel), Hospital Argerich (Dr Kien), Hospital Jose de San Martin, Buenos Aires University (Dr Sevinsky), Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Hospital Neuquén (Dr Lupo), Neuquén, Argentina.

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(11):1411-1412. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1411

Our study took place in the region of the Copahue Volcano in the Andes Mountain range, 1900 m above sea level. Fifty-five patients who came to the Copahue Thermal Basin Complex (Neuquén, Argentina) for treatment of psoriasis vulgaris were clinically evaluated for participation in this study. Thermal products—waters, mud, and/or algae—were the only therapeutic agents used, except for bland emollients for xerosis. Treatment for brief periods (10 ± 3 days) resulted in notable improvement.

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