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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 153-156

A pocket-friendly and sustainable iontophoresis apparatus for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis: Advancement over a previously described homemade design

1 Department of Dermatology, STD and Leprosy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Dermatology, People’s College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, People’s University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Sourabh Jain
Department of Dermatology, STD and Leprosy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Saket Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_58_17

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Introduction and Objectives: Tap water iontophoresis is a promising therapy for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. Non-affordability and nonavailability of the marketed device restrict its usage for many patients hailing from villages or small cities. Materials and Methods: In an article named “A simple user-made iontophoresis device for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis” published previously in this journal, a simple inexpensive homemade device that runs on 12 V direct current battery was described. We made a small modification by using a 220–12 V alternate current to direct current semiconductor diode–based transformer for the current supply. Results: The added innovation made the device lightweight, cheaper, and usable with domestic electric supply at home/clinic. Sustained supply of current at same voltage without dip and non-requirement to change/replace battery are added advantages. Cost of the whole assembly is ₹310. Working and clinical efficacy of our device were comparable to the commercially available apparatus as reported by 13 patients who received thrice a week of 15min sessions with our device. Mild electric pricking sensation was felt by all patients. Four of thirteen reported that pricking sensation was a bit more with our device as compared to the marketed device. No calibration for intensity is available in our device. Conclusion: This simple to assemble and inexpensive device makes iontophoresis applicable in many needy patients with similar efficacy and few limitations compared to expensive marketed devices.

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