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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2007;28(3): 597-607.
일차성 다한증 환자 26명의 한의학적 치료 후 삶의 질 변화에 대한 임상적 평가
이성헌, 노영래, 황준호, 정승연, 정승기, 정희재
경희대학교 한의과대학 폐계내과학 교실
Assessment of Quality of Life in 26 Patients with Primary Hyperhidrosis before and after Oriental Medicine Treatment
Sung-hun Lee, Young-lae Roh, Joon-ho Hwang, Seung-yeon Jeong, Sung-ki Jung, Hee-jae Jung
Division of Allergy, Immune & Respiratory System, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University
Correspondence  Hee-jae Jung ,Tel: 02-958-9147, Fax: 02-958-9148, Email: hanfish@khmc.or.kr
  Published online: September 30, 2007.
ABSTRACT
Backgrounds and Objectives :
Primary hyperhidrosis deeply affect a patient`s quality of life, resulting in impairments of daily activities, social interactions and occupational activities. The objectives of the study were to assess quality of life(QOL) in patients with primary hyperhidrosis before and after treatment with oriental medicine.

Methods :
Between December 2006 and July 2007, 26 patients underwent oriental medicine treatment, which consisted of herb medicine, acupuncture and iontophosis (if palmar/plantar hyperhidrosis) treatment. QOL questionnaires comprised of dermatology life quality index (DLQI) and visual analogue scale (VAS) were employed before and after treatment.

Results:
All 26 patients were evaluated. The treatment controlled primary hyperhidrosis in 84.6% of cases. The mean of DLQI score before treatment was 16.65 after treatment mean DLQI score was 8.18. The mean of VAS before treatment was 91.35 after treatment mean VAS was 49.92. QOL in patients with primary hyperhidrosis significantly improved after oriental medicine treatment. The improvements in QOL were similar in patientswith palmar/plantar, head, and systemic hyperhidrosis.

Conclusions:
Oriental medicine treatment leads to significantly improved QOL in patients with primary hyperhidrosis. Further studies are needed to evaluate the objective efficacy in patients with primary hyperhidrosis before and after oriental medicine treatment.
Key words: Hyperhidrosis, Oriental Medicine Treatment, Dermatology Life Quality Index(DLQI), Quality of life(QOL)
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