Sulphide Mineral Baths of Smrdáky
Thermal and Mineral Baths
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.