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Excess Sweating Palms and Soles

Treatments for excess sweating palms and soles

Sweating of the palms can be an embarrassment and for some, affect their work. 

Treatment options include:

  1. Antiperspirants which can be purchased from pharmacies.  It should be applied to dry clean skin at night and are not the same  as deodorants.  
  2. Tablets can help some patients with excessive sweating
  3. Sympathectomy
  4. Iontophoresis is a treatment for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating,  most commonly used on the palms and soles.  The hands and feet are submerged in a solution and a weak current used.     It is less effective for the axilla or underarms sweating.   The solutions are commonly  glycopyrollate ( most effective), salt water or  tap water (least effective).

How does Iontophoresis feel? 

Some patients describe the sensation  like pins and needles.  After treatment, the skin feels drier and may be slightly red. 

Recommended iontophoresis machines

There are a few available and they range in cost from $400 to over $1000.   At Skinplus dermatology we have used   2 machines  Hidrex PSP 1000 and Idromed 5PS,  without problems  for several years.   Both are German designed and made. 

If you are trying to decide which to purchase, we have compared the devices for you.   The image below compares the size of the 2 units. 

Hidrex PSP 1000

HIDREX PSP1000

Advantages

Treat yourself at home without assistance even when treating both hands! The Hidrex unit recognizes the start of the therapy automatically and increases the current after you place your hands or feet in the treatment trays.   After the treatment, the device will automatically  decrease the current to zero.

Disadvantages

Slightly more expensive unit. Can only treat one area at a time ie. both feet or both hands.

Idromed

Idromed 5

Advantages

Simple dial up design, single dial controls.

Double treatment at one time - hands and feet simultaneously. Time saving and slightly larger, able to treat both hands and feet simultaneously.

Disadvantages -

Assistance required to dial the device up and down ie not an automatic dial up/dial down design.

I would suggest trying a unit first even with tap water to ensure there is a benefit before purchasing a unit. Please contact our friendly staff if you would like to purchase a unit or have questions regarding treatments. contact us

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