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Do you Suffer from Excess Local Sweating? (Focal Hyperhidrosis)?

  • Which drips and embarrasses
  • Which requires clothing  changes
  • Which leaves wet marks, limits colours, and stains
  • Which leaves wetness on ink, paper, and computers
  • Which affects  hand shaking, interviews, fine dexterity
  • Which messes hair style, smears glasses, and stings eyes
  • Which imprints floors, slips in sandals and on marble tiles
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Iontophoresis - For Palms and Soles

  • Palms in iontophoresis traysPalms in iontophoresis trays
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In Iontophoresis, the hands or feet are placed in plastic pans containing tap water. An electric current is passed through the water for about 20 minutes. Initially, treatments are required every 2 to 3 days.  After 2-3 weeks, the interval between treatments can be lengthened to every week or two. Patients operate equipment themselves.  If skin irritation develops, this can usually be corrected by moisturizers, a reduction in treatment current, or a prescribed cortisone cream. Some patients find iontophoresis time consuming. Anticholinergic drugs, such as 1-2mgms Avert, can be added to the water to increase effectiveness.  These drugs are absorbed and can produce side effects as described under glycopyrrolate pills.

There are a variety of machines, but the literature (and our experience) indicates excellent results with the Fischer MD-1a galvanic unit:--  The machine is available in Canada from West Woodbridge Surgical, telephone 416-248-2040 or 1-800-561-3766, The price is over $1000.  We are not aware of  insurance companies paying for machines. The battery operated machines are not as powerful as the Fischer machine. Iontophoresis is not approved in pregnancy or in persons with pacemakers or metal implants. Some physiotherapy facilities (hard to find) offer trial  iontophoresis treatments for a fee.