Do you suffer from excessive sweating in your hands or feet? Does it affect your everyday life and cause embarrassment? If so, iontophoresis may be a procedure you should consider.
Iontophoresis is a therapy used to treat excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, in the hands or feet. The procedure involves placing your hands or feet in a small tray of water and using a light electrical current to pass through the water and into your skin. The current is gradually increased until you feel a slight tingling sensation.
This process is believed to work by plugging up the sweat glands, although it has not been clinically proven. It is a safe and effective treatment option that can significantly reduce excessive sweating.
The procedure typically involves one or a series of short, 10- to 20-minute sessions in the doctor’s office. The number of sessions required will depend on the severity of your hyperhidrosis and how well you respond to the treatments.
Iontophoresis is covered by most insurance plans and is a relatively low-cost treatment option when compared to other therapies like Botox injections or prescription antiperspirants.
It is important to note that while iontophoresis is a safe procedure, some patients may experience mild side effects such as skin irritation or redness. These typically go away on their own and can be managed with over-the-counter remedies.
If you are interested in learning more about iontophoresis and whether it is a good treatment option for your excessive sweating, we recommend consulting with a podiatrist like Dr Gilbert Huang DPM. A podiatrist can evaluate your individual condition, discuss your medical history, and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your hyperhidrosis and improve your quality of life.
Don’t let excessive sweating hold you back any longer. Talk to your podiatrist today about iontophoresis as a possible solution for your hyperhidrosis.