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November 1968

Simple Device for Treatment of Hyperhidrosis by Iontophoresis

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Medical School.

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(5):505-507. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610170065013

A relatively inexpensive and easily constructed device for iontophoresis has at least one good clinical indication. This is in the treatment of palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis. Two or three treatments a week for about two weeks will usually induce an euhidrotic state, which can be maintained by treatment at intervals of one month or longer.

An iontophoresis machine is basically a direct current power supply which is able to pass a current of 15 to 20 ma through the patients extremeties. Such a unit can be easily constructed from parts which are readily available from any electronics supply house.