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Too Much Sweat!

If you have sweatty feet and hands:




Can be tried if antiperspirants have not lead to the desired result. This method consists in applying low intensity electric current (15-18 mA), supplied by a D/C generator, to the palms and/or soles immersed in an electrolyte solution. The procedure has to be repeated regularly, initially in 20' sessions several times/week, gradually stretching out the interval between treatments to 1-2 weeks. The results vary: many patients, suffering from light or moderate hyperhiderosis, are happy with the method, some may consider it too time-consuming or inefficient, and comparably expensive. It is difficult to apply in axillary, and impossible to use in diffuse hyperhidrosis of the face or the trunk/thigh region.

Equipment, specifically designed for the treatment of hyperhidrosis at home or in the physician's office, is commercially available from different suppliers.

Efficacy of the Drionic unit in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. J Am Acad Dermatol 1987;16:828-832. "...the Drionic unit appears to have a definite place in the treatment of hyperhidrosis."

A new device in the treatment of hyperhidrosis by iontophoresis. Cutis 1982;29:82-89.

Tap water iontophoresis in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Int J Dermatol 26;1987:194-197.

"Tap water iontophoresis is a recognized method of reducing sweat in various parts of the body. The Drionic device is a battery-operated method of inducing tap water iontophoresis. This simple device may be used at home and is effective in reducing hyperhidrosis for as long as 6 weeks."

Mervyn L. Elgart, M.D.,
Professor & Chairman,

Iontophoresis is a technique by which a stepped down low amperage current is passed through tap water in which the palms and/or soles are immersed for a treatment lasting anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. This procedure seems to act by producing a blockage of sweat ducts at the top level of the skin (stratum corneum). Treatments are necessary approximately three to four times per week, for about three weeks to achieve the desired effect. The effect is not permanent: maintenance therapy with iontophoresis must be continued in order to continue to inhibit sweating.

A battery powered iontophoresis unit (the Drionic unit) from General Medical Corporation in Los Angeles, is available for sale for home use. This is most affective on the palms, but also works in approximately one-third of cases for the soles and arm pits. If used for 20 days continuously, the percent response can range between 75% to 100%.

Iontophoresis can also be performed with a Fischer Galvanic Unit, (from Fischer Scientific, cost approximately $600). Both palms, or both soles, are immersed into large plastic pans through which current is passed. Approximately 3 treatments per week, for 3 weeks, are necessary to determine the efficacy of this treatment; maintenance therapy is also required. Office treatments are approximately $75 in some offices, for each of eight to nine outpatient treatments.

Abstract. Tap water iontophoresis is the therapy of choice in hyperhidrosis palmoplantaris. Therapeutic regimens, however, vary greatly. The aim of the present study was to develop an optimized therapeutic scheme. The main methodologic parameters subjected to systematic experimental study included the effects of current polarity, the duration of a single treatment session, the addition of electrolytes to the tap water and the treatment interval during maintenance therapy. The following procedure is proposed. During the initial phase, treatments are carried out three times weekly for 10 min each time. The anode is kept on one extremity until normhidrosis is reached on this extremity. Then, polarity is changed until sweating is reduced to normal on the other extremity (constant polarity). In the subsequent maintenance phase, patients are treated at intervals of 6 - 8 days for 10 min each time. Polarity is switched from treatment to treatment (alternating polarity). Plain tap water is used without additives.

97033: Application of a modality to one or more areas; iontophoresis, each 15 minutes

See this web site to order the unit: http://www.drionic.com