Iontophoresis for treating hyperhidrosis

Written by: Sandra Eriksson Mirkovic, MD with special interest in 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 machine 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 machine 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.

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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 50 days on our machine, 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).

To see how a treatment should be performed, see our instructional video for iontophoresis.

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 machines 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 machine 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.

10 common questions about iontophoresis and iontophoresis machines

1.What is iontophoresis?

Answer: Iontophoresis is a method of treating excessive sweating. It is a machine that uses a very low electrical current to treat excessive sweating. You put your hands or feet in two seperate water bath and the current passes through your body. Alternatively, for other body parts, e.g. armpits electrodes (that have been soaked in water) are put in the area one wishes to treat. It is a machine designed primarily for use at home.

2.How does iontophoresis work?

Answer:No one knows for certain how it works, but one hypothesis is that the ions in the water form a mechanical blockade that prevent the sweat from getting out of the sweat glands, resulting in less sweating. Another theory is that the treatment affects the nerve impulses in the sweat glands which leads to decreased acitivity in the glands. You can watch our instructional video for how our iontophoresis device work.

3.Does iontophoresis work for everyone?

Answer:Iontophoresis can have a good effect on excessive sweating in up to 90% of the patients when the method is used correctly.

4. Are iontophoresis a method that you would recommend to everyone?

Answer: Iontophoresis requires time and dedication, at least in the beginning, to get the right settings and thus the best possible effect. If you know that you are not the patient kind or that you lack time then we believe iontophoresis is not for you. Over time, when you get used to the treatment and when you have reached what is called steady state, the desired effect, you can perform the treatments less often and it becomes less time / energy consuming.

5.What body parts can you treat with iontophoresis?

Answer: The studies that have made have focused on the palms and feet. Minor studies have been performed on iontophoresis treatment of the armpits and there is evidence that some individuals have had a good effect when treating e.g. the face

6.What results can you expect when performing treatments with iontophoresis?

Answer: f you do the treatments correctly, after about 12 treatments (on average) you can count on significantly less sweating of the treated areas. Most patients experience a clear improvement in quality of life.

7.Are iontophoresis devices dangerous?

Answer: Our iontophoresis machine is powered by batteries and is not plugged into the wall socket when performing a treatment. This is to prevent coming into contact with the mains voltage (230V) due to any malfunction of the device. If you follow the manual and do not use the device if you have metal implants in your body, are pregnant and so on (See the manual), you don’t have to worry that iontophoresis is harmful in any way.

8.Are there any contraindications for using iontophoresis?

Answer: For complete information see the manual. You should not use the machine if you are pregnant (since it has not been studied if the method is safe to use during pregnancy), a pacemaker or metal implant in your body.

9. Are there any side effects from iontophoresis?

Answer: You may experience a discomfort on your skin when performing a treatment but it should not hurt. If so, we recommend that you check and lower the power level. Otherwise, the skin may turn red and get irritated. If you have a small wounds/ulcers or damage of the skin on the area you are considering to treat, cover it with vaseline to protect your skin.

10. Is it difficult to succeed with iontophoresis treatments?

Answer:Certainly, it requires patience at first but it's actually very simple. Watch our instructional video to learn more. Good luck!

Written by: Sandra Eriksson Mirkovic, MD with special interest in hyperhidrosis.

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Link to scientific article about hyperhidrosis: Scientific article published in Dermatology Journal Online about hyperhidrosis and iontophoresis

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5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Couldn't be happier!

Have been using the iontophoresis machine for about 3 weeks now and I couldn’t be happier. I purchased it to treat aquagenic wrinkling of the palms, and I had it so bad I had been showering with gloves on for 2 years. After about 3 sessions of iontophoresis I have been able to say goodbye to the gloves and my hands look almost normal after exposure to water. I had tried topical antiperspirants before and nothing worked; this machine has changed my life. My condition is related to sweating so I would have sweating on my hands now and then, and that is gone too. Also have to say customer service is amazing! They always answer my emails on the same day and are extremely nice and helpful! Thank you !!

5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Best purchase ever!

I have suffered from excessive hand sweat since I was a teenager and I bought a iontophoresis device this spring. After 9 treatments I was totally sweat free and since then I have only had to perform maintenance treatments twice a week. I perform these 2 days in a row. My self esteem has really improved and it is absolutely amazing not having to worry about occasions when I need to shake someone’s hand. I am so pleased! Best purchase ever!

5 stjärnor: utmärkt

After only 2 weeks of treatment...

After only 2 weeks of treatment of my feet every other day I can feel the effect! Totally amazing!

Camilla Andersson
4 stjärnor: bra

My hand sweat is almost gone!!!

I suffer from excessive hand sweat, I can be dry but my palms are almost always damp. I bought Hidroxa’s iontophoresis device and it is worth every penny. My hands are completly dry in ordinary situations. When I get stressed a can sweat a little, but nothing to talk about really. I have performed treatments once per day for a little more than 1 week and after that every other day 1 week before I saw results. Amazing!

5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Hidroxa care about their customers

I have owned my device about a year and I am very content with Hidroxa. It feels like the people behind Hidroxa care about me as a customer and wan to make sure I am satisfied with both their product and service. For example, I had to send my device to have it repaired but Hidroxa payed all costs.

Sandra Hedström
5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Serious company and knowledgeable customer care.

Serious company and knowledgeable customer care.

5 stjärnor: utmärkt

The device works perfect for me and I...

The device works perfect for me and I am finally free from my sweaty palms.Human error lead to the fact that the device was sent to the wrong address but soon came in contact with a very professional and personal customer care who sent me a new device straight away so that I didn’t have to wait for the other one to arrive at the right address. Thank you for quick, professional help with this problem that I have had for MANY years.

5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Hidroxas iontophoresis device is magical

Hidroxas iontophoresis device is magical My foot sweat as decrease drastically. Today I can wear regular shoes a whole day of work if I have to. Quick delivery and quick answers to my questions to my questions as well! Great thanks you!, Stefan

Hampus Bergman
5 stjärnor: utmärkt

The best I ever used.

I only have positive things to say about Hidroxa. Their customer care answers your questions right away and they provide good help. As long as I can remeber I have had great issues with excessive hand sweat. I have tried both antiperspirant and botox but nothing has given me the result I wished for. In my field of work as a professional golf player I had severe problems with my hand sweat and it was a huge problem for me. I am so very glad and satisfied that I contacted Hidroxa. I have been using their product since april and I am very happy about the results. It has helped me a lot in my career as well as privately. Iontophoresis is the best treatment option I have tried I could warmly recommend Hidroxa.

5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Great and quick service

Great and quick service. Customer care answered my questions immediatly. Webpage with detailed and serious information. Unfortunately the product didn’t suit me but there was no fuss at all returning the device.

Ludvig Edlund
5 stjärnor: utmärkt

Tusen tack för detta!

I ordered a device in the beginning of may with... I ordered a device in the beginning of may with and open mind, but with 90 days free return policy I thought I’d give it a try. I asked a few questions on the chat before ordering and customer care is really 100%!The device arrived I started the treatments. I continued for a few weeks but the top of my hands hurt really bad. Unfortunately I lost effect when I have to lower the effect to stand the treatments. BUT, after further contact with customer care I got some tips on what to change, for example adding salt to the water. Also I do not use to much water, only so that is covers the electrode pockets and then I put my hands on them. I took a little time and experimenting but now it works without any flaws! After reciving botox every year since I was 9 years old this is completely MAGICAL! A thousand thanks for this!

Pirjo Wernby
5 stjärnor: utmärkt

After only 2 weeks of treatment...

Great company. Everything works perfectly.