Comparison of balneophototherapy and UVA/B mono-phototherapy in patients with subacute atopic dermatitis

Vergleichsstudie Solebäder plus UVA/B versus UVA/B-Monotherapie bei Patienten mit subakuter atopischer Dermatitis
Authors: Dittmar HC (1) , Pflieger D (1) , Schempp CM (1) , Schöpf E (1) , Simon JC (1)
(1) Universitäts-Hautklinik Freiburg
Source: Hautarzt. 1999 Sep;50(9):649-53.
DOI: 10.1007/s001050050975 Publication date: 1999 Sep E-Publication date: Not specified Availability: abstract Copyright: © 1999, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Language: German Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Not specified


Article abstract

In a controlled prospective study we compared the efficacy of combined salt water bath and UVA/B phototherapy to a UVA/B mono-phototherapy in patients with subacute atopic dermatitis (AD). The patients in the balneophototherapy group (n=16) were treated with baths containing 3-5% of the synthetic salt Psori-sal(trade mark), followed immediately by UVA/B irradiation, while the other treatment arm (n=12) received UVA/B phototherapy alone. After 20 treatments the balneophototherapy group showed a statistically significant (p</=0.0015) reduction of the SCORAD score from 69.5 before to 36.8 after therapy. No statistically significant reduction in the SCORAD score could be observed in the UVA/B phototherapy group (50.6 before to 44.3 after therapy). The cumulative UVB dose was significantly lower in the balneophototherapy group (0.9 J/cm2) as compared to the UVA/B monotherapy group (2.0 J/cm2). Balneophototherapy was well tolerated by patients with atopic dermatitis and no side effects were observed. We conclude that balneophototherapy expands the therapeutic options for patients with subacute atopic dermatitis.

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