How Does Iontophoresis Work
Are you confused about how iontophoresis works? It is very effective when it comes to controlling your excessive sweating. As you read below in this article you will be able to understand what iontophoresis is, how it works, and other relevant information you need to know before you give it a try.
What is Iontophoresis?
Iontophoresis is an apparatus that is powered by batteries, and can be used to treat too much sweating. It functions by sending very small amounts of electrical currents to shock and temporarily block your sweat glands inside the body. Iontophoresis is usually used to control the excessive sweating in your hands or feet, but you can also use it for excessive sweating under your arms.
How does Iontophoresis work?
Iontophoresis involves using regular tap water. Fill a bucket or your tub (pretty much anywhere where you can immerse the clammy area in to). Then plug the iontophoresis electric box and submerge whatever part of your body that needs iontophoresis into the water. The electric current will travel to the affected area.
Is it painful?
Most people report that it does hurt a little, however others say it feels good. There are also others who experienced minor irritation, but not overall pain.
It really depends on how you handle pain because everybody is different.
(Personally, I’ve used it for a while, and I’ve only felt a tingling sensation.)
Experienced users and studies shows that using low voltages for a long period of time is more effective than high voltage usage over short periods of time. So, if you are going to use this treatment, perhaps use a low voltage current.
How effective is it?
The verdict is inconclusive on this one. Some individuals have experienced positive results and have reported that their sweating has substantially decreased.
Others have reported that nothing happened after using it for days or weeks.
So, overall, the effects are individual, depending on how your body reacts to iontophoresis.
How should I use it?
Initially you can do 7 individual treatments spaced out over a period of one month. The sessions vary from 20-40 minutes, depending on what area you’re targeting. You can then follow up with a maintenance treatment when your hands, feet, or armpits start to become clammy.
The amount of maintenance treatments depends on the person. You can do it twice per week or twice per month, whatever works for you.
How much does it cost?
This device can be very expensive, costing approximately $365 (for low quality) to roughly $850 for the highest quality. There are videos on the internet where you can find tutorials on how to make a homemade iontophoresis device (however this is highly not recommended).
It may be the best way to stop excessive sweating for some, but the worst for others; everyone’s body is different.
Please don’t think that you need iontophoresis after one day of heavy sweating.
Sweating can be a normal reaction in certain situations. For example while on the road to an interview you look at your armpits and find out that you are sweating a lot. This may be normal because you are nervous.
Or, perhaps you start sweating when you are running at the gym. Your body expels sweat as a way to cool down. Again, this may just be normal.
In some cases though, excessive sweating may be a sign of a medical problem.
Sweating may be a sign of an infection, diabetes, or thyroid problems. Unnecessary sweating is also more prevalent in people who are out of shape or overweight.
If you are concerned about too much sweating, it may be a good idea to see your doctor to check if the excessive sweating is not caused by an underlying medical problem.
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