Clinical, pathological and immunohistochemical effects of arsenical-ferruginous spa waters on mild-to-moderate psoriatic lesions: A randomized placebo-controlled study

Giovanni Borroni, V. Brazzelli, L. Fornara, R. Rosso, M. Paulli, C. Tinelli, O. Ciocca

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Abstract

Thermalism and spa treatments are traditionally considered effective in a number of dermatologic inflammatory conditions, yet there is scarce evidence about spring water effectiveness on psoriasis in a daily setting. We enrolled 34 patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-contralaterally-controlled trial, to evaluate Levico and Vetriolo arsenical-ferruginous water effectiveness on psoriatic lesions by daily 20-minute wet packing for 12 consecutive days. Clinical, histopathologic and immunohistochemical parameters were considered. A statistically significant difference between spa water-treated lesions and placebo-treated lesions in the same patients was demonstrated for histopathologic and immunohistochemical parameters. Since iron ions have an antiproliferative effect on epithelia, and magnesium ions have an anti-inflammatory effect, Levico and Vetriolo water effectiveness on psoriasis could be addressed to their content of these ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-501
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Arsenical-ferruginous waters
  • Psoriasis
  • Spring waters
  • Thermalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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