Treatment of Hyperhidrosis Tap Water Iontophoresis

The first dermatological application of iontophoresis was to treat hyperhidrosis (32). Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by pathologically excessive sweating due to abnormal secretion of the eccrine sweat glands in various parts of the body [primarily the palms, soles and axillae (33-35)]. Iontophoresis of tap water has been very effective (>90% of patients) in inhibiting palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis, but the results are less rewarding for axillary hyperhidrosis (33,35).

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