October 07, 2022
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Successes made in treatment of skin diseases by dint of medicinal bath

Date: 22/09/2022 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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Medicinal bath takes remarkable effects in the treatment of skin diseases.

In many cases, skin diseases are cured by way of applying or taking medicines, but the Skin-disease Hospital of the Ministry of Public Health is expanding treatment successes with the help of medicinal bath.

“Iodine bath began to be introduced into rehabilitation a few years ago, and it has exerted good treatment effects while shortening the treatment period and easing the pain of patients,” said Jong Hae Ok, chief of the rehabilitation department.

Generally, when one takes a medicinal bath, medicinal substances are absorbed through skin and pores to take pharmacological action on the whole body, expand capillary vessels, improve the circulation of blood and lymph and promote metabolism.

Senior doctor Kim Yong Nam said that iodine has strong sterilizing and pain alleviating effects and has no side-effect even though it is used for a long time, adding that the hospital cures bacterial, viral and mycotic infectious skin diseases through bath treatment using povidone-iodine (PVP-I) solution which is safe in performance and long in sterilizing duration and which does not irritate and colour skin.

According to the treatment of thousands of cases in the past five years, 93.6 percent of impetigo patients, 96.9 percent of herpes zoster patients and 87.5 percent of pityriasis versicolor patients recovered their health. It shows that this therapy is more effective than the previous treatment method by 10-12 percent on average.

The hospital optimized the temperature, concentration, time and treatment frequency of iodine bath according to different infectious skin diseases, and intensifies research for improving treatment efficiency.

Meanwhile, it completed research into hot-spring cure by adding Koryo medicines.

Kim Yong Nam said that this therapy has a wide application, produces rapid effects and is safe as it combines the efficacy of both hot spring and Koryo medicines.

A research team of the hospital has verified that such skin diseases as eczema, excessive sweating, prickly heat, ringworm and dermatitis can be treated by over ten kinds of hot-spring cures combining Koryo medicines, including the spa baths using willow leaf honeysuckle, pine needle, absinth and sea burdock.

Researchers say that the hot-spring cure can be used everywhere for the simple application and especially it is very convenient for old people who find it hard to take medicines.

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