Hyperhidrosis is a common condition characterized by excessive sweating affecting up to 4.8% of the general population1. Studies show that hyperhidrosis has a severe impact on the quality of life of its sufferer, affecting their social life, well-being, and emotional and mental health.
Its impacts can even be greater than other dermatological conditions, such as severe acne or psoriasis.
Despite these effects, most hyperhidrosis sufferers rarely talk about their condition to a health professional. Hyperhidrosis is thus referred to as the ‘Silent Handicap’.
Why choose Dermadry?
Dermadry is a trusted solution showcased on the International Hyperhidrosis Society's website. Dermadry offers a solution for people who suffer from palmar (hands), plantar (feet) and axillary (underarms) hyperhidrosis that is needle-free and drug-free. Its products are designed to treat specific customer needs, whether an individual sweats only from their hands and feet, only from their underarms or from all three areas.
Dermadry’s advanced technology distinguishes itself through its affordability, intuitive use and the quality of its components. It’s also the only tap water iontophoresis machine that has received a medical device license by Health Canada.
Dermadry is indicated for the treatment of people of at least 13-years-old suffering from moderate to severe axillary, palmar and/or plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms, hands and/or feet).
How to use Dermadry
Dermadry combines simplicity with strict safety standards. See how easy it is to use Dermadry with these helpful videos.
For Hands and Feet
How it works
Dermadry is a tap water iontophoresis device. This technology works by directing a small current through the skin, neutralizing the connections between the sweat nerves and sweat glands. For the vast majority of cases, this treatment drastically reduces excessive sweating.
Studies have shown that tap water iontophoresis devices such as Dermadry are extremely effective in the treatment of excessive sweating. These studies report that the success rates of these devices can reach 93%2, 98.5%3 and even 100%4 of patients treated for hyperhidrosis.
“One of the simplest, safest, and most cost-effective treatments of hyperhidrosis.“5
Tap water iontophoresis treatments need to be repeated to maintain dryness. The use of tap water ensures uniform treatment over the targeted areas. Providing an adequate level of current on the targeted area will stop sweat in most cases. The success of treatment depends on the current strength. Higher current strengths work better and should be used for intense sweating. The treatment strength should be changed based on skin sensitivity. Hands and feet can tolerate a higher current strength than underarms.
The effectiveness of tap water iontophoresis to treat hyperhidrosis has been demonstrated by numerous studies. These studies were performed on patients with primary focal hyperhidrosis (mild, moderate and severe). The studies were performed on patients in all age ranges from 8 years old to 71 years old.
The treatment parameters were mostly similar regarding the current strength, the treatment duration and the treatment frequency.
The clinical studies evaluated the efficiency of the treatment both in clinical conditions (in hospital, performed by healthcare professionals) and at home (patients were provided with devices and performed treatments on their own).
Here’s what they say:
Tap water iontophoresis treatments improve the patient’s quality of life significantly during treatment.6
92.9% of patients saw results after two weeks of iontophoresis treatments.7
88.9% of patients had positive results, and a majority of the patients found the maintenance program compatible with their lifestyle.8
Quality of life improved in 78.6% of patients after 2 weeks.9
Tap water iontophoresis is a simple, safe and effective therapeutic option for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.10
Tap water iontophoresis is a safe and effective treatment for both palmoplantar (hands and feet) hyperhidrosis and axillary (underarms) hyperhidrosis in the pediatric population, with minimal side effects.11
Tap water iontophoresis is an effective method of treatment for primary palmoplantar (hands and feet) and axillary (underarms) hyperhidrosis in pediatric patients.12
The study demonstrates that tap water iontophoresis controls palmar (hands) hyperhidrosis after a total of eight treatments.13
Iontophoresis treatment is safe, effective, and easy to use for the treatment of palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis. This technique should be offered to patients with palmoplantar hyperhidrosis prior to surgical intervention or botulinum toxin injection.14
Tap water iontophoresis suppresses palmar hyperhidrosis. When instructions are followed, tap water iontophoresis is safe for unsupervised treatment of hyperhidrosis. Iontophoresis is a simple, economic and effective therapy that should be offered to patients for control of palmar hyperhidrosis prior to surgical intervention. Iontophoresis is also a suitable alternative to long-term drug therapy. The study demonstrated a success rate of 83.3%.15
At present, tap water iontophoresis represents the most effective therapy in hyperhidrosis of palms or soles. Patients with extremely high sweat rates respond to the treatment, no adverse effects were noticed during long-term maintenance treatment, and tap water iontophoresis not only curbs sweating, but also abates other uncomfortable symptoms, such as lividity, edema and clamminess of palms and soles.16
We found the treatment to be so effective in axillary (underarms) hyperhidrosis that we would recommend iontophoresisin preference to surgical excision of the sweat-glands.17
In our view, tap water iontophoresis is by far more successful in treating hyperhidrosis of palms and soles. In a group of 7 patients, complete relief from excessive sweating was achieved and no treatment failure was observed.18
Since 1968, tap water iontophoresis has been employed as the method of choice for treating palmoplantar hyperhidrosis.19
In 2014, an FDA panel reviewing scientific data on the matter concluded that “all 8 studies reported that tap water iontophoresis effectively reduced sweating in the majority of subjects treated with [tap water iontophoresis]”.20
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1Doolittle, James, Patricia Walker, Thomas Mills, and Jane Thurston. "Hyperhidrosis: an update on prevalence and severity in the United States." Archives of dermatological research 308, no. 10 (2016): 743-749. 2Kim, Do Hun, Tae Han Kim, Seung Ho Lee, and Ai Young Lee. “Treatment of Palmar Hyperhidrosis with Tap Water Iontophoresis: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled, Single-Blind, and Parallel-Designed Clinical Trial.” Annals of dermatology29, no. 6 (2017): 728-734. 3Elkhyat A and Agache P. Treatment of hyperhidrosis by iontophoresis of weakly mineralised water. 1993. Cutaneous Biophysics Laboratory, Department of Functional Dermatology, 25030 Besancon, France. 4Hölzle, E., M. Pauli, and O. Braun-Falco. “Leitungswasser-Iontophorese zur Behandlung von Hyperhidrosis manuum et pedum.” Der Hautarzt 35, no. 3 (1984): 142-147. 5Stolman, Lewis P. "Hyperhidrosis: medical and surgical treatment." Eplasty 8 (2008). 6Akbar, Talat Masood, Mahmood A. Saqib, Sundas Fahim, Mohammad Nasir, and Haroon Nabi. "Efficacy and safety of tap water iontophoresis for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis." Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatology 23, no. 3 (2016): 304-309. 7Kim, Do Hun, Tae Han Kim, Seung Ho Lee, and Ai Young Lee. "Treatment of Palmar Hyperhidrosis with Tap Water Iontophoresis: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled, Single-Blind, and Parallel-Designed Clinical Trial." Annals of dermatology29, no. 6 (2017): 728-734. 8Maj, NS WALIA, BS RATHORE Lt Col, and AK JAISWAL Col. "TREATMENT OF PALMOPLANTER HYPERHIDROSIS BY IONTOPHORESIS." Medical Journal Armed Forces India 56, no. 1 (2000): 27-28. 9Kim, Do Hun, Tae Han Kim, Seung Ho Lee, and Ai Young Lee. "Treatment of Palmar Hyperhidrosis with Tap Water Iontophoresis: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled, Single-Blind, and Parallel-Designed Clinical Trial." Annals of dermatology 29, no. 6 (2017): 728-734. 10Yardi, S. S., U. S. Khopkar, V. A. Phadke, and S. S. Idgunji. "Tap water iontophoresis for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis." Indian Journal of Dermatology 42, no. 3 (1997): 164-167. 11Dagash, Haitham, Sinead McCaffrey, Katie Mellor, Agnes Roycroft, and Ingrid Helbling. "Tap water iontophoresis in the treatment of pediatric hyperhidrosis." Journal of pediatric surgery 52, no. 2 (2017): 309-312. 12Dogruk Kacar, Seval, Pinar Ozuguz, Selma Eroglu, Serap Polat, and Semsettin Karaca. "Treatment of primary hyperhidrosis with tap water iontophoresis in paediatric patients: a retrospective analysis." Cutaneous and ocular toxicology 33, no. 4 (2014): 313-316. 13Karakoç, Yunus, Ertuğrul H. Aydemir, M. Tunaya Kalkan, and Gaye Ünal. "Safe control of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis with direct electrical current." International journal of dermatology41, no. 9 (2002): 602-605. 14Safe control of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis with direct electrical current. Karakoç Y, Aydemir EH, Kalkan MT, Unal G. Int J Dermatol. 2002 Sep 15Stolman, Lewis P. "Treatment of excess sweating of the palms by iontophoresis." Archives of dermatology 123, no. 7 (1987): 893-896. 16Hölzle, E., and N. Alberti. "Long-term efficacy and side effects of tap water iontophoresis of palmoplantar hyperhidrosis–the usefulness of home therapy." Dermatology 175, no. 3 (1987): 126-135. 17Midtgaard, K. "A new device for the treatment of hyperhidrosis by iontophoresis." British Journal of Dermatology 114, no. 4 (1986): 485-488. 18Hölzle, E., and T. Ruzicka. "Treatment of hyperhidrosis by a battery-operated iontophoretic device." Dermatology 172, no. 1 (1986): 41-47. 19Hölzle, E. "Leitungswasseriontophorese." Der Hautarzt 63, no. 6 (2012): 462-468. 20National Archives and Records Administration. "Reclassification of Iontophoresis Devices Intended for Any Other Purposes." Office of the Federal Register (accessed September 1, 2018).
Is this for me?
Dermadry is a tap water iontophoresis device. Its intended use is to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the hands, feet and underarms.
It can treat light to severe excessive sweating in people of a minimum of 13 years old.
Please refer to the Contraindications & Side Effects section to see if this device suits you.
In Canada, tap water iontophoresis machines are a Class II medical device.
DO NOT use this device if you have any of the following conditions:
ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
Suspected or diagnosed heart problems (e.g. cardiac arrhythmia)
Seizure disorders (epilepsy)
Pregnant or suspected pregnancy
Metal-containing intrauterine device (IUD)
Large skin lesions and lesions that cannot be covered with petroleum jelly
Numbness in the treated areas
Infections or irritated skin
Impaired sensation in hands, underarms or feet (e.g. polyneuropathy)
Malignant disorders in the area of application
Severe vascular disorders (e.g. local inflammation or thrombosis)
NOTE: If in doubt, please contact your health professional.
You may experience the following temporary side effects:
Irritation, skin reddening (erythema), burning sensation, small blisters (vesiculation), and itching (pruritus). Wait until symptoms disappear completely before starting your next treatment.
Tingling and stinging sensations. Muscle numbness (paresthesia) may occur. Slight pain could be felt at the beginning of the treatment or after the polarity alternating sequence. If you feel any of the above side effects, reduce intensity during next treatment.
Increased sweating: After the first few treatments, you may experience an increase in sweating. This symptom will subside after a few treatments.
Small electric shocks during treatment: In very rare cases, a harmless electric shock may occur if treatment is interrupted suddenly. To avoid this risk, remove your hands, feet or underarm electrodes slowly. Hands, feet and underarms electrodes can be safely removed at any time during treatment.
Skin dryness: Skin may become dry, small lesions or scaling may occur. To reduce these symptoms, use a moisturizing cream after treatments.
Aluminum may cause minor allergic reactions for some users. They may develop red, bumpy, scaly, itchy or swollen skin at the point of contact. If you notice any allergic reaction developing on the treated area of skin, stop using the device and contact Dermadry’s Customer Service.