The immediate effects (IEs) and distant effects (DEs) of spa therapy were observed in 67 patients with steroid- dependent intractable asthma (SDIA). (1) The IEs of spa therapy evaluated one week after spa therapy were considerably high, and the efficacy rate was 61.5% in type Ⅰa, 82.7% in type Ⅰb, and 83.4% in type Ⅱ asthmatics. (2) The DEs of spa therapy on SDIA were also observed. The efficacy rate was 50.2% in type Ⅰa, 54.3% in type Ⅰb and 63.7% in type Ⅱ asthmatics. (3) The DEs of spa therapy were different between cases with and without maintenance therapy (MT). The efficacy rate of DEs was generally high (72.8～91.7%) in cases with MT, and low (16.7～40.0%) in cases without MT. These results show that MT is very important to keep the IEs of spa therapy high for a long time.
lmmediate effects (即時的効果)
Distant effects (遠隔効果)
Maintenance therapy (継続療法)
Spa therapy (温泉療法)
Steroid-dependent intractable asthma (ステロイド依存性重症難治性喘息)