New Treatment For Excessive Sweating

Jessica Salmans takes a very hands-on approach when it comes to her job as a physician's assistant. She has a calming touch with her patients, but her bedside manner hasn't always been like this.

Salmans says she had problems with the daily interactions with patients where she had to put her hands on people. She was worried they would notice her hands were sweaty.

Salmans says she worked hard to hide her excessive sweating, a disorder called Hyperhidrosis.

Dr. Ramsey Markus says many people actually suffer from excessive sweating for a variety of reasons, some of which have nothing to do with nervousness and it's just the way that their sweat gland is built.

But now Jessica's sweat gland problem is cured - thanks to a basin of water and a mild electrical current. The little known treatment is called Iontophoresis. Although it may sound dangerous, the combination of the two is effective in shutting off the sweat glands.

Dr. Markus says the most probable reason the treatment works is for some reason, it makes the sweat gland form a cap, a plug, over it that physically prevents the sweating from occurring.

Patients start their therapy under a doctor's supervision. Later, they can have it at home. Jessica Salmans says she saw results after just four treatments.

Botox injections are also used to treat excessive sweating, but Doctor Markus says he prefers Iontophoresis because it's less expensive and less painful. Most patients only need two treatments a month.