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Balneotherapy, Thermal and Mineral Baths

Sulphide Mineral Baths of Smrdáky

What is a sulphide mineral bath

This is a signature treatment, exclusively provided in the spa resort of Smrdáky using the naturally sulphidic mineral waters that spring out from the ground locally. The natural springs contain so much typically smelling hydrogen sulphide that it would irritate the skin and lungs intolerably. Therefore the mineral water is diluted to contain acceptable concentrations of up to 100 mg of hydrogen sulphide per litre for full body bath. The bath has 37-38°C and lasts for 10 minutes. After the bath, there is a dry wrap and bed rest for 10-15 minutes.

How a sulphide mineral bath helps

Hydrogen sulphide absorbs readily into the skin, widening the capillaries in the skin and subcutaneous tissues, so it improves their blood supply and metabolism. It effectively suppresses inflammation, pain and itching as well as the growth of microbes. Sulphur is absorbed though skin into the connective tissues and it improves their elasticity. Thus it has beneficial effects on long-standing skin diseases, rheumatic conditions and age-related joint and spine diseases.

Medical prescription: required

More information about treatment including indications and contraindications

When submerging into sulphide water, you will soon notice some reddening of the skin under the water level. This is a common sign of improved blood circulation – i.e. nothing to worry about. It is not recommended to take a bath in tap water either before or after the treatment, only a quick shower if necessary.

All types of sulphide baths are also suitable for children following a medical consultation in our spa.

Advisable for:

Skin diseases (namely psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, chronic dermatoses, severe acne, post-burn conditions), arthritis (both psoriatic and rheumatoid), Bechterew’s disease, arthrosis of the knees, hips and backbone

Not advisable for:

Bronchial asthma, epilepsy, unstable chest angina, severe heart failure, severe shortness of breath, pregnancy, menstruation, serious cardiovascular disorders, malignant tumours, infectious diseases, acute thrombophlebitis, unstable diabetes, incapacitation, incontinence, psychosis, alcohol or drug abuse

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