Iontophoresis: a treatment for hyperhidrosis without negative long-term effects

Iontophoresis: tap water and mild electricity to prevent sweating

Ion­tophore­sis, or more pre­cise­ly tap water ion­tophore­sis (TWI), has become a com­mon med­ical ther­a­py for exces­sive sweat­ing (hyper­hidro­sis). In TWI, the areas of the body affect­ed by heavy sweat­ing are treat­ed with DC or pulse elec­tri­cal cur­rent. In con­trast to clas­si­cal ion­tophore­sis, no drugs are used in tap water ion­tophore­sis.

98% suc­cess rate against sweat­ing. No neg­a­tive long-term effects. Sim­ply safe and inex­pen­sive.

Using iontophoresis to combat hyperhidrosis:

Ion­tophore­sis is main­ly used for sweaty feet, sweaty palms, heavy sweat­ing of the armpits, and exces­sive sweat­ing in the face. These are the areas most com­mon­ly affect­ed by hyper­hidro­sis and they all fea­ture a high den­si­ty of sweat glands.
In case of exces­sive sweat­ing of the hands (hyper­hidro­sis pal­maris) or the feet (hyper­hidro­sis plan­taris), the affect­ed body parts are immersed for about 15 min­utes in two basins filled with tap water into which elec­trodes send a weak elec­tri­cal cur­rent. Direct con­tact between the skin and elec­trodes is pre­vent­ed by treat­ment tow­els. In cas­es of hyper­hidro­sis of the armpits (hyper­hidro­sis axil­laris) or of the face (hyper­hidro­sis facialis), the treat­ment may be car­ried out using axil­lary sponge pads soaked in tap water or a spe­cial face mask.

Is iontophoresis the best remedy for excessive sweating?

The amaz­ing suc­cess of tap water ion­tophore­sis is undis­put­ed (98% suc­cess!) and has been proven in numer­ous stud­ies. How­ev­er, the exact mech­a­nism of action has not yet been com­plete­ly under­stood. Accord­ing to recent find­ings, the elec­tri­cal cur­rent some­how affects the nerves lead­ing to the sweat glands. The treat­ment inhibits the sweat glands and allows them to “ignore” the (exces­sive) ner­vous sig­nals from the brain which cause exces­sive sweat­ing.

Iontophoresis as an affordable long-term treatment for sweaty feet, etc.

In com­par­i­son to many oth­er ther­a­peu­tic meth­ods, ion­tophore­sis has no neg­a­tive long-term effects. Dur­ing ther­a­py, it may only lead to slight dis­com­fort (tin­gling or burn­ing) and to short-term skin irri­ta­tion (red­ness) after treat­ment.

The pro­ce­dure is easy to per­form, safe, inex­pen­sive, and can be used even on chil­dren.

It is a long-term ther­a­py that must be repeat­ed at short inter­vals dur­ing the ini­tial phase, although the inter­vals can be longer dur­ing the main­te­nance phase.

In addi­tion, beyond the pur­chase of an ion­tophore­sis device, there are no fur­ther fol­low-up costs, so that the treat­ment is very afford­able over the longer term.

Does health insurance pay for iontophoresis?

After apply­ing and your doc­tor cer­ti­fies its med­ical neces­si­ty, most Ger­man insur­ance com­pa­nies will pay for the cost of an ion­tophore­sis treat­ment device. [Cov­er­age in oth­er coun­tries may vary.] Your doc­tor can write a cor­re­spond­ing pre­scrip­tion. Anoth­er pre­req­ui­site for reim­burse­ment is usu­al­ly the proof that ion­tophore­sis is a good match for the treat­ment of your hyper­hidro­sis. This is done by under­go­ing an ini­tial round of treat­ments at home or at your doctor’s prac­tice. To allow you to do this at home, we can offer you a loan­er device.

Tap water iontophoresis is one of the safest treatments for hyperhidrosis, but…

there are also groups of peo­ple for whom this treat­ment is inap­pro­pri­ate, such as preg­nant women or patients with pace­mak­ers or oth­er met­al implants. You also need to remove all jew­ellery before start­ing the treat­ment. How­ev­er, if no con­traindi­ca­tions are present, there is noth­ing that will pre­vent a safe treat­ment.

A quick overview of the benefits of HIDREX iontophoresis treatment:

  • Applic­a­ble to all forms of pri­ma­ry (focal) hyper­hidro­sis
  • Proven suc­cess in sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies
  • Risk-free, safe treat­ment method
  • No neg­a­tive long-term effects
  • Non-inva­sive, no med­ica­tion required
  • Costs may be cov­ered by health insur­ance

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