Cheltenham Vascular Unit
What is Iontophoresis?
Iontopheresis is an out patient treatment for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is the term used for excessive sweating
Sweating is a natural process necessary to control body temperature.
Excessive sweating can be due to many different medical conditions including
Where there is no apparent underlying medical cause for your excessive sweating it is called primary hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis usually starts in childhood or during adolescence and continues throughout life. It affects about 1% of the population. Hyperhidrosis can affect one or more areas of the body, particularly the underarms, feet, hands or the face.
The treatment involves immersing the hands or feet in tap water through which a low intensity electric current is passed.
Used initially several times a week the interval between treatments is gradually increased.
The treatment is pain free; all that should be felt is a gentle tingling.
Most patients notice a complete absence of sweating in the treated areas after about four 20 minute treatments. The effects can last from 2 weeks to 3 months before another course of treatment is recommended. Once sweating recommences the patient can carry out maintenance therapy at home using . It is claimed that Iontophoresis is effective in about 85% patients
Side effects of iontopheresis
Side effects of iontophoresis treatment can include excessive dryness of the treated area, skin blisters and occasionally temporary skin irritation.
Iontophoresis is contraindicated in pregnancy and for patients with a pacemaker or metal orthopaedic implants.
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