Effect of spa therapy on peak expiratory flow in patients with bronchial asthma
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The aim of this study was to investigate effects of spa therapy on peak expiratory flow (PEF) in patients with bronchial asthma. Morning PEF metry was studied in fifty asthmatics who had spa therapy (swimming training in a hot spring pool, inhalation of iodine salt solution and fango therapy) for 5 - 9 weeks. Mean values of morning PEF at the initial stage, 5 and 9 weeks after spa therapy were assessed. In mild and moderate asthmatics, PEF significantly improved 5 weeks after spa therapy. In severe asthmatics, PEF showed significant increase 9 week. The number of subjects with PEF improvement more over 20%, compared with the intial value of PEF, were 50% at 5 weeks and 80% at 9 weeks after spa therapy in mild asthmatics. In moderate asthmatics, however, the number little changed between 5 (39.3%) and 9 weeks (38.9%) after the therapy. In severe asthmatics, 57.1% at 5 and 68.8% at 9 weeks. In asthmatics with the initial value of PEF<200L/m (low PEF group), the value showed significant increase 5 and 9 weeks after the therapy compared with the initial value. In asthmatics with the initial values of 200≦PEF<300 (middle PEF group) and 300≦PEF (high PEF group), the values showed no significant increase. The number of subjects with PEF improvement more than 20% showed a tendency to increase 9 weeks in low, middle and high PEF group, compared to the value after spa therapy (57.1% to 68.8%, 21.4% to 50% and 35.7% to 42.9%, respectively ).
peak expiratory flow (PEF)
Misasa Medical Branch, Okayama University Medical School
Departmental Bulletin Paper
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