Iontoderma Iontophoresis Machine

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Iontoderma is one of the more cost effective iontophoresis machines available in market. At about $400 retail price, Iontoderma id-1000 is clearly attractive for patients who'd like to get iontophoresis treatments at home, but do not want to pay higher prices for other leading iontophoresis machine brands.

Iotoderma id-1000 basics

Iontoderma id-1000 is the flagship (and only) model offered by the company as of now. This model is relatively basic, but provides everything you really need from an iontophoresis device for hyperhidrosis.

  • id-1000 is mains powered – meaning it is sufficiently powerful and that you do not need to spend a fortune on batteries.
  • It does not have pulse current, which means that the treatment sessions may be a bit more uncomfortable than other machines offering pulse current (e.g. Hidrex PSP 100) – however, we are talking about relatively mild discomfort and for many people, the multi-hundred $ lower price tag may be attractive enough tread!
  • This iontophoresis device is not yet FDA approved, and infact has had troubles with FDA authorities in Canada. It probably means little since iontophoresis devices are relatively safe product to start with. But if it matters to you, you may want to look elsewhere.
  • Price – Iontoderma id-1000 retails for about $399. However, the manufacturers have offered an exclusive 15% (i.e. $59) discount for HyperhidrosisNetwork users. Just use the coupon code HyperhidrosisNetwork15

Iontoderma id-1000 Out of Box

Out of box, this iontophoresis machine comes with the following components. It has everything that you need to get iontophoresis treatment for excessive sweat on your hands or on your feet.

Power supply Universal wall power (100V-240V AC, 50-60Hz).
Variable tension, adjustable voltage: 12V, 15V, 18V, 21V, 23V, 25V, 27V.
Maximum output: 20mA.
The company provides Country specific plug to match with the country of order
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Electrodes id-1000 comes with 2 aluminium electrodes. Iontoderma Electrodes
PVC Mats Two soft PVC foam to avoid touching the plates directly
Iontoderma Protection Mats
Briefcase The machine is housed in a plastic briefcase and is reasonably sized to fit most hands and feet, and makes the machine portable
Iontoderma Plastic briefcase
Connectors Gold plated connectors with high corrosion resistance and great electrical conductivity. Connectors
Banana plugs Gold plated banana plugs to 2.1mm x 5.5mm female that connects directly to the electrodes connectors.  Iontoderma Banana plugs

Review

Coming soon. The good folks at Iontoderma have promised to provide me with a sample for review. As and when that happens, I will update my first hand experience with this iontophoresis device.

Bottomline – Iontoderma may be for you if you are looking for home iontophoresis sessions for hands and/or feet, but do not want to splurge on a more expensive machine. It does not get you everything that some of the more expensive options have, but its a good compromise. But it here and use discount code  HyperhidrosisNetwork15

Are your hands always sweaty?

Sweaty – not as in nervous sweat… but excessive, profuse sweating that makes simple social interactions like handshake or holding hands nerve wrecking?

Since you are searching about sweaty hands, you may already know that it’s a relatively common medical condition called Hyperhidrosis, and that more than 180MM people worldwide suffer from some degree of excessive sweat.

That’s right – you probably know 10 odd friends with hyperhidrosis in your Facebook list!

Is There a Solution?

Anyways, you are reading this not to draw comfort from other patients with similar problem, but to find a solution – correct?

Unfortunately no matter what you have read on unscrupulous websites, there is NO CURE for hyperhidrosis. There are a few treatments ranging from simple (Anti-perspirants) to really extreme (surgery).

Unfortunately most of these treatments are either ineffective, or have extreme side effects. One of the most promising treatment for sweaty hands that works in over 80% of cases is something called Iontophoresis.

What is Iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is a technique of passing very low current through the hands so as to irritate the sweat glands in the area, and make them stop producing the sweat. The exact mechanism is really unknown – but it works for most cases. The good part is that there is virtually no side effect, the effect is long term, and (biggest) you don’t need to go under knife and cause irreversible damage to your body.

Iontophoresis has been mentioned by International Hyperhidrosis Society, Hyperhidrosis Network, and several other well-known authorities on the subject as one of the most promising treatment for Hyperhidrosis.

How to do Iontophoresis?

It’s actually super easy. You need to get your hands on an Iontophoresis device. Once you have it, you need to take treatment sessions (about 15 minutes per day) for first 2 weeks, and then reduce the frequency gradually till about once every 15 days to maintain the effects.

How Can I Start With Iontophoresis?

You can take iontophoresis sessions all by yourself, at your home. Its pretty simple!

There are several brands available. The two Iontophoresis device that have great reputation are Idromed and Hidrex. These are manufactured in Germany, but are shipped worldwide free of cost.

Know More About Hidrex PSP 1000

Know More About Idromed 5 PC

What If it does not work for me?

That’s unlikely (if you do the treatment sessions as suggested). However, if you’d like to not continue the treatment for any reason, you can return the machine back within 90 days – so its essentially riskfree 🙂

Go ahead – try it. Dry hands are great feeling – imaging being able to offer your hand for a handshake without hesitation, or (even better), being able to hold your partner’s hand without being conscious of the sweat!

If you have more questions about Iontophoresis, you can find answers to almost anything on this website. Drop in a comment below if there's something I can help you with.

Good luck!

Hidrex vs. Idromed vs. Fischer: Iontophoresis Machine Showdown!

Alright.. first things first. The title is a bit overly dramatic here, but the intent is to share my observations from a few months of having trial versions of Hidrex PSP 1000, Idromed 5 PS, Fischer MD-1a and Fischer MD-2. I have posted the picture reviews of individual machines (Idromed 5 PS in pictures, Fischer MD-2 in pictures) – check those out if you are interested in a particular machine. This post is about my observations on the relative differences between these iontophoresis devices.

Hidrex vs. Idromed vs. Fischer: Iontophoresis Machine Showdown!

Methodology

I had these machines for over 8 weeks period, and this is what I did. I realize its not entirely scientific test/control experiment, and I don’t intend to represent it that ways. My initial idea was to essentially test each of these machines in isolation over a period of time and thus comment on what machine worked best. However, I soon realized the logistic problems with that approach – I had the devices for test purpose for a limited time, and to do a real controlled experiment, I had to treat myself with a device for an extended period of time, then take a gap so that the effects of that iontophoresis treatment wears off and then repeat the same process with others. This was logistically challenging and needed me to have access to the machines for a long period. That was not practical for me at this point

So I decided to do the following. I treated myself with all these 4 machines concurrently (not in the same session, but rotating amongst the machines on a once-in-two days frequency). That allowed me to observe each of these machines up and close. Thus, as a result this review is not as much about the quality if treatment (more on that in next section), but more about the “experience”.

 

Treatment Quality

This is the foremost question I get asked all the time – which iontophoresis machine provides the best treatment. And the answer to that is a bit anti-climatic!

Iontophoresis, at the end of the day, is a relatively simple and standard. A mild current passes through the affected body parts – thus irritating the connection between he nerve system and the sweat glands temporarily. So, all the machines have a power source (mains, for these 4 machines), a control unit that manages the settings, the electrode plates the provide the current, and a sort of tray where the tap water is contained.

Iontophoresis machines are relatively matured at this point – that is to say that all the reputed brands do the minimum needed, and there is not much to choose between the machine strictly on the quality of iontophoresis treatment. I definitely prefer mains powered machine over batter powered (for the quality of treatment and lifetime costs perspective), and prefer pulse current device over non-pulsed ones (for the comfort factors).

What makes a machine better than others is not the iontophoresis treatment quality  (if done right), but the chances of you sticking to the iontophoresis treatment over time. It’s the “usability” that defines the ideal machine for you. To me, usability has four components:

  • Appearance: Yes, Iontophoresis treatment is not supposed to be sexy, but its nice to have a good looking machine that doesn’t invite the concerned “are you really sick” look from people around you.
  • Ease of Setup: After the initial novelty wears off, iontophoresis sessions may feel like a drag. A machine that takes 2 minutes to setup has a huge advantage over another that takes 5 minutes
  • Ease of usage: Ability to know what’s going on during your session is reassuring.
  • Portability: May not be a issue for some people. To me, ease of carrying the device with me on my long travels is an importance consideration
  • Comfort Factor: Self explanatory
  • Bells and Whistles: Any extras that make the machine

One consideration that is obviously missing here is the price. If your insurance is paying for the iontophoresis machine, you probably just want to go with a device that your insurance is OK with. In the US, Fischer is the approved manufacturer for iontophoresis machine for several insurance providers  – making the choice easier. If you are paying for yourself, the choice is trickier. Hope the “usability experience” review below helps you make the trade-off choice.

 

Getting to the Details

 

Hidrex PSP 1000

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This is the iontophoresis machine that introduced me to the world of iontophoresis treatment, so I have a soft corner for this one! The US verison of this machine Hidrex DVP 1000 and HIdrex GP 450 are approved by FDA, and thus eligible for insurance reimbursement oo.  Here is a quick summary of what I think about my Hidrex experience

Appearance: 4/5 (small footprint, non-intimidating to look at)

Ease of Setup: 4/5 (all you need to do is attach the current wires)

Ease of Use: 3/5 (confusing display, needs a few inputs before the treatment begins)

Portability: 4/5 (small size, not heavy, comes with a case)

Comfort Factor: 5/5 (pulse current, confortable treatment, auto circuit cut off to avoid shock)

Bells and Whistles: 4/5 (lots of options to adjust the polarity, time, voltage etc.)

Bottom-line: All in all, a solid performer you cannot go wrong with

Idromed 5 PS

Idromed is without doubt the best looking ionto machine on the market. Here is a quick summary of what I think about my Idromed experience

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Appearance: 5/5 (small footprint, sleet control unit)

Ease of Setup: 4/5 (all you need to do is attach the current wires)

Ease of Use: 5/5 (only a single dial to setup the duration – everything else is taken care of automatically)

Portability: 4/5 (small size, not heavy, comes with a case)

Comfort Factor: 5/5 (pulse current, confortable treatment, auto circuit cut off to avoid shock)

Bells and Whistles: 3/5 (nothing much really, but you really don’t need that anyways)

Bottom-line: They’ve got it right in the iPhone age! If looks matter to you, look no further.

 

Fischer MD-1a

Fischer is the grand daddy of iontophoresis machines in USA. Its one of the very few brands approved by the insurance companies. So if you are in US, and your insurance provider will be paying for the iontophoresis machine, your choice is relatively simple.

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Appearance: 3/5 (boxy, looks like a serious medical device)

Ease of Setup: 4/5 (all you need to do is attach the current wires)

Ease of Use: 3/5 (limited display, need to monitor the session time separately s the machine)

Portability: 3/5 (heavy, may not be the best option if portability is a key requirement for you)

Comfort Factor: 3/5 (direct current only, not as comfortable as the pulse current machines)

Bells and Whistles: 3/5 (nothing much really, but you really don’t need that anyways)

Bottom-line: A bit old-school. But we are talking ionto device here, so if your insurance covers it, it’s a good option.

 

Fischer MD-2

Fischer MD-2 is the more expensive machine from R.A. Fischer with pulsed current option.

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Appearance: 3/5 (boxy, looks like a serious medical device)

Ease of Setup: 4/5 (all you need to do is attach the current wires)

Ease of Use: 4/5 (clear display, easy to understand what’s going on)

Portability: 3/5 (heavy, may not be the best option if portability is a key requirement for you)

Comfort Factor: 5/5 (pulse current, anti-surge, super comfortable treatments!)

Bells and Whistles: 5/5 (lots of options available to customize the treatment – you probably won’t use them, but good to have)

Bottom-line: Definitely better than MD-1a, at par with Hidrex and Idromed. Go for this if your insurance is paying for this.

 

So, there it is. Please drop in a comment if you have any other comments/observations

Fischer MD-2 Iontophoresis Machine in Pictures

Recently, I got to lay my hands on a Fischer MD-2 for this review (courtesy: SweatLessHands). This post provides a series of pictures I took that should give you a pretty good idea of how the machine looks like. I will cover my experience of taking treatment with Hidrex PSP 1000, Idromed PS, Fischer MD-1a and Fischer MD2 in a separate post.

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Fischer MD-2 is the higher end machine available from the leading iontophoresis machine manufacturers in US (R.A. Fischer).  The machine appears/feels very rugged and high quality in terms of build. The MD-2 is box shaped, with most of the controls on the front panel. The MD-2 has lots of options available to customize your treatment – including polarity, current, time etc.  The front panel also has the on/off switch (top left), and the connectors to connect with the electrodes in the water tray. essentially, everything except the power inlet is on the front panel.

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One thing that will stand out, especially in comparison with other machines in the market is how sturdy this is built. While it’s a bit bulkier, practically that should not be an issue (unless you travel a lot and want to carry the iontophoresis machine around). What matters is how well this machine works for your condition, and in that department, MD-2 is as good as any other!

Back

There is not much going on the backside of MD-2, except the power inlet (bottom right).

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Plugged In

Once plugged in with the main power, the electronic display provides all the information user needs to see (time left, current etc.) The display is user friendly (as compared to a Hidrex), and its easy to understand what’s going on. It should be easy to get used to this machine after first sitting.

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Configuration

The overall configuration looks like this:

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The main control unit is plugged in to a power source (on the back side). The main control unit is also connected to booth the electrodes that are placed inside the provided trays. The trays are covered with provided fabric material to prevent direct contact with the electrodes. You will need to fill the trays with tap water (and any additives, if required), select the settings and dip the body part in the trays. The treatment will then begin and you can monitor the remaining time on the control unit. You can take out your hand/feet at any time without experiencing any electric shock as the control unit monitors that for you.

The entire setup is quite intuitive and I did not need to refer to the instruction manual!

Comparison with Idromed, Fischer MD-1a, and Fischer MD-2

The Fischer MD-2 machine is bigger and heavier than the Hidrex and Idromed iontophoresis machines. The big size, by itself is not a big issue in my opinion, unless you’d like to travel a lot with your machine. The machine does feel much more sturdy than the European manufacturers and given you’ll probably not buy many of these over a lifetime, it may make sense to go with one that is robust.

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Below: MD-2 vs. Md-1a, MD-2 v. Idromed, MD-2 vs. Hidrex

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Idromed 5 PS Iontophoresis Machine in Pictures

Recently, I got to lay my hands on a Idromed 5 PC for this review (courtesy: sweating).  This post provides a series of pictures I took that should give you a pretty good idea of how the machine looks like. I will cover my experience of taking treatment with Hidrex PSP 1000, Idromed PS, Fischer MD-1a and Fischer MD2 in a separate post.

 

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The Idromed 5 PS is the most sleek commercially available iontophoresis machine for sure! The display and the controls are on the top once the machine is placed on a flat surface, and it very easy to control the machine.  This is by far the easiest machine to operate, and my favorite just for that reason! Practically, there is only one control on the machine – the dial which controls the current passing through the body parts. Everything else is taken care of by the unit itself and the user does not need to worry about selecting any other options.

The machine, roughly speaking, is size of and adult’s palm and is pretty light-weight. The device looks as good  as an iontophoresis machine can (especially compared to Fischer machines which are way bulkier and look like serious medical devices!). The build quality feels sturdy and you’ll feel that the unit will last for a long time and will withstand some wear and tear nicely.

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Sides

The left side of the machine has the power inlet, as well as the outlets to connect to the electrodes.

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Plugged In

Once plugged in with the main power, the electronic display provides all the information user needs to see (time left, current etc.)  The display is cery user friendly, and its easy to understand what’s going on. You really don’t need much training to use this machine!

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The provided wires go on the left side of the machine – one for inlet from the main power, and two out to the electrodes (see below)

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Configuration

The overall configuration looks like this:

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The main control unit is plugged in to a power source. The main control unit is also connected to booth the electrodes that are placed inside the provided trays. The trays are covered with provided plastic mesh to prevent direct contact with the electrodes. You will need to fill the trays with tap water (and any additives, if required), select the current level and dip the body part in the trays. The treatment will then begin and you can monitor the remaining time on the control unit. You can take out your hand/feet at any time without experiencing any electric shock as the control unit monitors that for you.

All in all, it’s a pretty compact iontophoresis machine which is easy to setup. It is the most user friendly machine out of Hidrex, Idromed and Fischer machines I was able to test.

Comparison with Idromed, Fischer MD-1a, and Fischer MD-2

The Idromed machine is significantly smaller than the Fischer machines (Fischer MD-1a and Fischer MD-2), and roughly equivalent to the Hidrex PSP 1000 machine.

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Below:  Idromed vs. Hidrex (top), Idromed vs. Hidrex (side by side), Hidrex vs. Fisher MD-1a (Front), Hidrex vs Fischer MD-2 (top)

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Insurance Coverage for Iontophoresis Machines

Health Insurance Coverage for Iontophoresis

Wondering whether your insurance would cover the cost of iontophoresis machine?

Answer is complicated, but there is some good news to be sure. Iontophoresis has gained acceptance as a medical treatment of Hyperhidrosis and if you chose your health insurance wisely, there is a good chance that your insurance may cover the cost of iontophoresis treatments and machine!

Insurance Coverage for Iontophoresis: Summary

Iontophoresis is sadly still a debated treatment option for Hyperhidrosis. There are some insurance providers who consider this to be an unproven/investigational treatment and do not cover the costs. Other insurers who cover the cost of iontophoresis machine normally require to show proofs of having tried other treatment options (medication, antiperspirants) with no success.

Sweathelp.Org has excellent resources to go through the process of claiming the iontophoresis treatment from your insurer (if they cover this treatment) – so be sure to check those.

Below is the summary of the iontophoresis coverage by some of the top insurers in US (as in March 2014). Hopefully things will change in future so that more and more insurance companies will cover the iontophoresis treatment for hyperhidrosis.

Insurance Company Policy Details
Aetna Recognizes iontophoresis as medical necessity if certain medications and anti-antiperspirants have been tried and found ineffective Document
United  Excludes Medical and surgical treatment of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) – thus iontophoresis is most likely not covered  Document
Cigna Covered when medically necessary for primary palmar, axillary and plantar hyperhidrosis Document
Blue Cross Blue Shield Considers iontophoresis as investigational and is presumably not covered. Document
Anthem Iontophoresis is considered medically necessary in the treatment of primary or secondary hyperhidrosis only for individuals who have tried prescription strength antiperspirants without success. Document

If you have experience with any other insurer and had success/failure in getting them cover iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis, help others by posting a quick comment below.

 

Tips for Getting Your Insurance Pay for Iontophoresis Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Apart from choosing the Health Insurance wisely,  it would be best to follow certain guidelines to ensure that you get the treatment you need without falling into the procedural traps. Some tips to ensure that your health insurance would cover the cost of your iontophoresis treatment for Hyperhidrosis:

  • Maintain records of your hyperhidrosis condition – it helps to establish that your hyperhidrosis is a long standing condition that is affecting your ability to be socially active or perform your work. The earlier you can date your condition to, the easier it is to establish that. For example – keep the record of your first visit to the doctor to consult regarding your sweat (even before you knew the term Hyperhidrosis)
  • Maintain records of the treatments tried and the results – Most insurance policies require that the patient has tried other options before going for iontophoresis (surely has to do with the cost!). Your doctor will probably advise you for antiperspirants before he prescribes iontophoresis. Maintain that record, as well as the results thereof (followup visits).
  • Get a Prescription – While you can buy some iontophoresis machines without prescriptions (e.g. if you get them shipped from Europe), insurance would not cover that cost.
  • Confirm the Model with your insurance before you buy – You need to get the prescription first and then confirm with your insurance what specific models of iontophoresis would they cover (many insurance companies in US approve of R.A Fischer machines and in some cases Drionic).
  • Ensure you can return the iontophoresis device – Ensure that your seller accepts returns in case your insurance company (for whatever reasons) denies your claim. Most of the vendors offers some sort of return policy – but read the fine print carefully.
  • Read the super- helpful article at Sweathelp.org – they have tons of information, forms and materials for getting your hyperhidrosis treatments (including iontophoresis) covered by your insurance.

Rent Iontophoresis Machine!

Rent Iontophoresis Machine

Note: This post has been updated on 2/14/2015 as RA Fischer changed the terms of their Rental Program. Its now a Rent-to-Buy program instead of pure rental.

 

I recently came to know of the rental program offered by R.A. Fischer for their iontophoresis machines.

I personally think that's a great option and wonder why the other manufacturers are not offering such option (yet). Given the relatively high cost of the iontophoresis machines, it makes perfect sense for the patients to try the machine out at their homes first before committing the full money.

Fischer Iontophoresis Device Rental Program (Rent to Buy Program)

Fischer's rent-to-own program is simple – you pay a fixed monthly rental fee, and use the machine as long as you want.

Fischer's rent-to-own program is simple – you pay a fixed monthly rental fee for 6 months, and own the machine after that in case you continue till the 6th month (see below for details)

At any point during the first 6 months, if you feel like you are not getting results, or if you are not able to take the treatments for any reason, you can simply choose to return the machine and no further payments need to be made from that month onwards.

You can learn more about the program at this website

Fischer Iontophoresis Device Rental: Price

The website offers both the main devices marketed by R.A. Fischer – MD-1a and MD-2.. You can read the reviews of these devices elsewhere on this website. Below are the rental prices for these iontophoresis devices:

MD-1a: 6 monthly payments of $100 plus one final additional payment of $125 and you will own the MD-1a.

MD-2:  7 monthly payments of $150 and you will own the MD-2.

My advise: get the MD-2. The polarity switching feature is great – more effective, and more comfortable. In any case, you cannot go wrong with either MD-1a or MD-2.

Fischer Iontophoresis Device Rental: Discount Code!

In case you think this is the option for you, you may want to use a special coupon code provided by sweatlesshands.com to the readers of this blog. Just type in the code HHN25 at the checkout (you need to rent from their this website for this to work), and you will get a cool $25 discount. That pays for about 50% of the cost of first month rental!  Hey, every bit helps – right?

Note: the code HHN25 is valid at the Fischer Iontophoresis Machine Website (sweatlesshands.com) both for the rental program as well as for the purchase program. So if you decide to buy the machine once you have tried it through a rental, you can get another $25 off on the purchase. Sweet?

Important Note: Rafischer.com vs. Sweatlesshands.com

Note: The below mentioned comparison is not valid anymore as both the websites now offer the same terms. You do, however, save $25 if you buy from Sweatlesshands.com and use the coupon code HHN25.

The prices and program mentioned in this post is provided by their website http://www.sweatlesshands.com . The rental program offered by their main website http://www.rafischer.com is a bit different.

I guess I made it more complicated than it is, but the bottom-line is  – if you are renting an iontophoresis machine, do it here, and apply the coupon code HHN25. You will be better off!

That's it for now! If you rent any of their iontophoresis machines, please do leave a comment on how did it go. Also, if you are aware of similar programs offered by other manufacturers (e.g. Hidrex, Drionic, Idromed etc), please let us know through comments.

My experience with homemade iontophoresis machine

Homemade iontophoresis machine

At a basic level, an Iontophoresis device is essentially an appliance that sends a small current through the hyperhidrosis affected body part and for some reasons not yet understood, helps a large proportion of patients get relief from the condition. One can get the treatment sessions at a clinic, or more conveniently  at home using any of the commercially available iontophoresis machines. I this article, I would like to share with you my experience with homemade iontophoresis machine.

Homemade iontophoresis machine Yes, it is possible to make an iontophoresis machine at home (see how in this post). The advantage is of-course that its way cheaper to make one at home than to buy one (its to the order of $40 vs. $400.. so definitely worth a look). However, there are varying opinions on whether a homemade iontophoresis machine really works. The iontophoresis machine manufacturers (ofcourse) would want you to believe that they don't, while a plethora of internet blogs maintain that homemade iontophoresis machines are as good as (if not better) than the ready-made ones. Here is what i found out. I have tried to be absolutely objective here… your experience may vary, but here's my story:

  1. I made an iontophoresis machine at home a few months back. I have posted instructions in this this post, but take it from me – if I could do it, anybody can. It takes less than 2 minute once you have all the material available (easy order from amazon, or from a store close-by)
  2. I gave myself the treatments (on hands) with the homemade iontophoresis machine as follows:
    • 10 minutes daily for 1st week
    • 10 minutes every alternate day for week 2
    • 10 minutes twice a week for week 3 & 4
    • 10 minutes once every week for week 5 – 8
    • 10 minutes every two weeks for month 3 onwards
  3. So, how did the homemade iontophoresis machine work for me?
    • i started noticing difference after week 1 – it wasn't complete relief, but I noticed that the sweat took longer to break, and once it broke, it wasn't as bad a before
    • By end of week 3, it was much better – my condition improved almost 80%
    • By end of week 6, i was more or less in maintenance mode. the sweat was still there once in a while, but the change was more than noticeable
    • I did not get any compensatory sweating (none that I noticed at least)
    • So, in summary – homemade iontophoresis machine DID work for me
  4. However – I did not continue the treatment with homemade iontophoresis machine for long. It basically became too much of hassle for me, even at once in two weeks frequency. here's what I think went wrong
    • The problem with homemade machine is well, its homemade, and thus not very friendly to use – you need to connect the wires yourself, place the plates, etc etc.. no big deal if done once, but over time, it became a deterrent for me after a few weeks
    • The machine is not readily portable and since I travel a lot, I started missing the sessions once the initial novelty wore off. it is difficult to carry the various pieces through airports
    • it also looked a bit outlandish, and i was not comfortable using the machine in front of other people. I think that if it was a better packaged machine, I might have considered that.
  5. So, in a nutshell
    • Homemade iontophoresis machine worked for me
    • However, it takes a lot of motivation to continue using the homemade iontophoresis machine  – the key issues being “user friendliness”, “portability” and “looks”

Thus, if you are on budget, a homemade iontophoresis machine is definitely is worth a shot IMHO. You can check out the instructions on how to make one here,. Else, if money is not a consideration really, you may just want to buy one of the popular iontophoresis machines. Good luck!

Iontophoresis: Frequently Asked Questions

Iontophoreis FAQs

Iontophoresis is unarguably the most technical home treatment option for excessive sweat. Below, we have tried to address some of the most common questions people have when they first hear about iontophoresis process.

Go on.. read it. Its not that scary! 🙂

  • Would/Can I get shock from iontophoresis machine?
    • Most iontophoresis machines are relatively safe and designed to prevent large amounts of current to pass through the user's body – thus its extremely unlikely that you will get a shock
    • However, its always advisable to be safe and ensure that you read the manufacturer's guide to using the machine and follow all the precautions
    • Tip: Ensure that someone is around when you are using a mains powered iontophoresis machine. For battery powered iontophoresis machines, there is really no severe risk anyways.
  • Does Iontophoresis hurt?
    • For most people, iontophoresis process is mildly uncomfortable.
    • If done correctly, its rarely painful. However, at the same time, its not “pleasant”.
    • Its a mild sensation somewhat similar to the one you get if you touch your tongue to the pole of an AA battery (don't try it if you dont know what AA batter is!)
    • Tip #1: Start out with a low voltage setting. Most of the iontophoresis machines allow you to control the voltage. The discomfort increases (so does effectiveness) with higher voltages, so it makes sense to start low and then go upwards
    • Tip #2: Ensure that there is no skin breakage, or if you have one, cover it with a petroleum jelly or similar product.. This is because the sensation is much more pronounced if the current passes through open skin directly
  • Do I need to use special water for this process
    • Not really – tap water works best for iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis
    • Some users have reported that adding salt to the water makes it more effective as it makes water a better conductor of electricity. This is an unsubstantiated claim though
  • Would my insurance pay for the iontophoresis machine?
    • Short answer – Yes, if you have a good insurance, and sufficient backup from your doctor, your insurance will likely pay for the machine
    • Tip #1: Check with your insurance beforehand before you place the order
    • Tip #2: Insurance would probably have some contraints on the machines you can order (e.g. they may insist on certain brand/category/price)
  • How long before I start seeing results from iontophoresis?
    • Varies significantly by users – some have reported that it started working from Day 1, while for others it took more than 3-4 weeks
    • In most cases, if Iontophoresis is going to be effective for you, you should notice difference by the end of 1st week of usage
    • Sustained improvement (i.e. relief even if you dont use the iontophoresis machine for a few days) is normally attained after a few weeks for regular usage
  • Is iontophoresis a permanent cure?
    • Unfortunately no. If iontophoresis works for you, you will need to undergo the treatment regularly
    • On the positive side, once you have achieved the desired results, often, you can switch to much lower frequency of treatment (e.g. once a week or fortnight) – thus, you wont need to undergo iontophoresis treatment everyday
  • Does the effectiveness of iontophoresis decrease over time?

    • No – iontophoresis is effective even when used over and over again.
    • There is no systemic evidence of decreasing effectiveness over time, though some users have reported that the process did not work for them after a while.
  • Can I treat underarm hyperhidrosis with Iontophoresis? How?

    • Yes, many manufacturers supply special pads for performing the iontophoresis treatment for the underarm area.
    • Tip – the underarm pads are usually sod separately. If you need one, include that in your original purchase as buying separately will be more costly.