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Iontophoresis for Excessive Sweating

Iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis involves immersing each hand or foot in a tray filled with tap water (e.g., Drionic® device, Fischer Galvanic Unit). The trays are connected to a low-intensity electric current that is passed through the liquid. The currents are sent through the skin to disrupt the function of the sweat glands. Regularly scheduled treatments are required to maintain results. This treatment is not usually recommended for underarm or facial/head hyperhidrosis1.

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Treatment Details

Where can it be used?
Palms, soles of the feet
What are possible side effects?
Skin irritation, redness, and dryness
How much does it cost?
The cost of iontophoresis devices ranges from $200 to $1,000 depending on the type of unit2
Will insurance pay for it?
Health insurance may cover the cost of a home iontophoresis machine, but only if you have consulted a doctor with a proper diagnosis.

1 A Comprehensive Approach to the Recognition, Diagnosis, and Severity-Based Treatment of Focal Hyperhidrosis: Recommendations of the Canadian Hyperhidrosis Advisory Committee; Solish, et al.

2 Data on file.

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