Iontophoresis for Hyperhidrosis
Iontophoresis treatment for excessive sweating (hyerphidrosis). Understanding how the treatment works to
stop sweaty palms and sweaty feet as well as the cost and warnings to watch out for.
Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, is a health condition which makes one sweat more than what
is actually necessary to regulate normal body temperature. This condition is generally caused by overactive sweat
glands that are usually localized to specific parts of the body, such as the palms, feet, armpits and face.
In the case of hyperhidrosis, the cause of excessive sweating is generally unknown but there are treatments for
Non-invasive forms of treatment include antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride to oral medications that have the ability to
block the neurotransmitter which initiates sweating. Another one of these treatments is Iontophoresis, a treatment
for hyperhidrosis that is recognised and recommended by the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHS).
Iontophoresis for hyperhidrosis is actually a treatment which uses water to conduct low intensity electric
current to deliver medicine and ions (the electrical charge) through one’s skin which cause the outer layer of the
skin to thicken, thereby blocking the flow of sweat to the skin's surface.
Many people have seen great results with iontophoresis and the treatment have been found to be most effective
for people suffering from excessive hand (palmar
hyperhidrosis) and feet sweating (plantar
hyperhidrosis), as they are the body parts most easily placed into the water trays that conduct the ions
from the electrical current.
(The American Academy of Dermatology reported a 83% success rate with Iontophoresis for
treating people with sweaty palms and sweaty feet.)
Treatments typically cost about $10 per treatment and last about 20 to 30 minutes per session and is performed
about three times a week either at a clinic or in the convenience of one's home. Repeated over several times a
week, iontophoresis can produce remarkable results to stop excessive sweating of the palms and feet.
Iontophoresis can be used for other conditions, as well. Plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and even cystic fibrosis
are often treated with iontophoresis.
Warnings! For women who are pregnant or individuals with
pacemakers or metal implants and those with cardiac conditions are not recommended to use iontophoresis.
However for healthy individuals who suffer with hyperhidrosis, iontophoresis treatment can be a lifesaver. These
individuals often feel awkward in social situations and feel their lives are limited in many ways. Iontophoresis
treatment for hyperhidrosis can take away this awkwardness and allow one to live perfectly normal lives again.
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