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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Conclusion

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.

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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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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