Iontophoresis for treating hyperhidrosis
Iontophoresis is a treatment that has been used to treat excessive sweating of palms and feet for several decades. Studies have shown that continuous use of an iontophoresis device is an effective way to treat excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis. The mechanism of how iontophoresis acts to reduce the sweating is not fully know but theories say that the ions of the water forms a mechanic block that stops the sweat from reaching the skin surface. The way in which a iontophoresis device works is acctually very simple. The device consists of a mild power supply with and electric current that can be controlled by the user. This power supply is connected to a water bath. One puts his/her palms or feet in this water bath and the power is then turned on.
One sits like this for 20-30 minutes. In the beginning one can repeat the treatment every day and then gradually more seldom but usually at least once a week. Some people experience and effect after only a few treatments but usually it takes 8-12 treatments (often with a few days in between) before full effect is accomplished. We at Hidroxa have therefore decided to give a full refund withing 90 days to make sure each client gets to test the machine and make sure that this method suits you. There are several methods of treating excessive sweating in palms and feet: Aluminium Chloride, Botox, different kinds of medication (see the chapter about hyperhidrosis).
It seems to be quite hard today to find clinics that will help you treat your hyperhidrosis. We are most familiar with the situation in Sweden but we know that this is often the case in other countries as well. For some reason this diagnosis is missunderstood and not taken seriously in many cases. One of the advantages with the iontophoresis method is that it has few side effects and most of all one is not depending on a clinic to get ones treatment. Iontophoresis is not tested on pregnant women and therefore this method should not be used during pregnancy. Breastfeeding and using the machine is ok. Iontophoresis devices should not be used if one has a pacemaker or a metal implant in ones body. It is important to know that treating your hyperhidrosis with an iontophoresis device requires patience and motivation. One has to continue the treatments even after receiving a good result of treatment. Otherwise the effect will quickly disappear. We at Hidroxa believe that an iontophoresis device can be a good alternative to Botox treatments in cases one does not have access to those treatments. It can also be an alternative if one is afraid of needles or if one lives far away from a Hyperhidrosis clinic.
Link to scientific article about hyperhidrosis: Scientific article published in Dermatology Journal Online about hyperhidrosis and iontophoresis