Use of biofeedback in treating chronic hyperhidrosis: a preliminary report

Authors

  • P. DULLER,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Javastraat 104, and Medical Psychology Institute, Gerard van Swietenlaan 3, Katholieke Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • W. DOYLE GENTRY

    1. Department of Dermatology, Javastraat 104, and Medical Psychology Institute, Gerard van Swietenlaan 3, Katholieke Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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      This report was written while this author was a Guest Professor in the Medical Psychology Institute. Present address: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77550, U. S. A.


SUMMARY

Preliminary findings attesting to the successful therapeutic use of biofeedback training in reducing symptoms of chronic hyperhidrosis are reported. Eleven of the fourteen adult patients trained with biofeedback were able to demonstrate clinical improvement in their excessive sweating 6 weeks after termination of treatment. Relaxation was suggested as the active ingredient in the biofeedback treatment effect. These findings support a recent report of the successful use of biofeedback in treating patients with dyshidrotic eczema.

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