How Does Iontophoresis Work

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.

Featured photo credit: foter via

More by this author

Hardt Article

Freelance Writer

Signs of Excessive Jealousy in a Relationship and How to Deal with It Defense Mechanism: How Does Your Body React To Things That Do Not Happen As You Wish Advantages Of Electric Toothbrushes 5 Benefits Of Hiring An SEO Expert All you need to know about climate-controlled storage units

Trending in Health

1 10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know 2 The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight 3 Why Am I so Depressed Lately? 4 Things That Are Secretly Baffling You 4 Why Am I Exhausted? The Real Causes and How to Fix It Forever 5 How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

Read Next


Last Updated on October 18, 2018

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:


Video Summary

1. It is easier.

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.


    If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

    5. It could lead to better sleep.

    Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

    6. It can help your skin.

    For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

    7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

    Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.


    8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

    Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

    9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

    For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

    10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

      Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.


      Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

      Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

      Sleep well with your naked body!

      With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

      Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

      If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

      Want to Feel More Energized Throughout the Day? Start With This


      Read Next