Iontophoresis Treatment for Excessive Sweating - Parashar Skin Clinic

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Iontophoresis is a medical treatment used to manage the symptoms of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. This non-invasive, safe, and long-lasting procedure has been used to treat excessive sweating of the feet, hands, face, as well as the back, axilla, and groin.

It works by using an electrical current to deliver a small amount of medications (or ions) into the body through the skin. It is believed to block chemicals in the sweat glands, which results in a temporary reduction in the production of sweat.

Iontophoresis has been known to reduce sweat production for up to 6 months and one session typically lasts between 10-30 minutes.

Why Choose Iontophoresis for Managing Excessive Sweating?

Iontophoresis is the first-line effective treatment in the treatment of excessive sweating due to its effectiveness, quick results, and minimal side effects.

Unlike other treatments such as medications, topical creams, and surgery procedures like ETS (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy), iontophoresis is completely non-invasive and painless. This makes it a viable option for people who cannot undergo an invasive surgery due to the risks and complications associated with it.

The treatment is also considered to be very safe as it does not involve the use of any drugs or injectable treatments, and has no known long-term side effects or complications.

Finally, with an iontophoresis treatment, you will be able to get long-lasting benefits, as compared to other option which provide temporary relief.

How Does Iontophoresis Work to Control Sweating?

During an iontophoresis treatment, the patient will place their feet, hands, or other body parts into a shallow basin filled with water. This is where the electrical current passes through the body and delivers medications (in the form of ions) into the sweat glands.

The electrical current is delivered in short pulses of increasing intensity, and the intensity should be enough to penetrate the skin and reach the sweat glands without causing any discomfort or pain.

This electric current helps to block the sweat glands temporarily, and reduces the amount of sweat that is produced in the areas being treated.


Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Iontophoresis Treatment?

Iontophoresis is recommended for patients with excessive sweating that is deemed too severe for other treatments. This includes those suffering from excessive sweating due to primary hyperhidrosis, as well as those suffering from secondary hyperhidrosis due to medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid problems, and even neurological disorders.

It’s important to note that iontophoresis is only recommended for those who experience excessive sweating caused by an underlying medical condition; it is not recommended for people who experience excessive sweating due to lifestyle choices or stress.

Iontophoresis is also not suitable for pregnant women, and those with pacemakers, implants, or other medical devices.

What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis treatments can be used to treat excessive sweating in a variety of areas, including the feet, hands, face, as well as the back, axilla, and groin.

By working with Dr. Rishi , doctors at Parashar Skin Clinic, you can determine which areas of your body are the best candidate for iontophoresis treatments, as well as the best strategy for managing excessive sweating in the target area.

What Should Patients Expect During an Iontophoresis Session?

Iontophoresis sessions typically last between 10-30 minutes and during the session, the patient will be asked to place their body parts (i.e. feet, hands, face, etc.) into a shallow basin filled with water. This is where the electric current will pass through and deliver the medications into the sweat glands.

The intensity of the electric current can be adjusted based on the patient’s comfort level, and there should not be any discomfort or pain while the session is taking place.

The patient should also be aware that multiple sessions may be needed in order to see optimal results.

How Many Iontophoresis Sessions Are Typically Needed for Effective Results?

The number of iontophoresis sessions needed will vary depending on the severity of excessive sweating, as well as the area of the body being treated. Generally, the patient is expected to have at least 8-10 sessions before the full effects of the treatment are realized.

It is important to note that most patients notice a significant decrease in sweating within one or two sessions. However, it is recommended to continue with the full treatment plan as deemed by Dr. Rishi , doctors at Parashar Skin Clinic for best results.

Are There Any Side Effects or Risks Associated with Iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is generally considered to be a very safe and effective treatment for managing excessive sweating. The electric current used during the treatment is non-invasive and low-intensity, which makes it safe for both adults and children to use.

The most common side effects reported from iontophoresis treatments are mild stinging or itching in the skin. This typically subsides after the session is complete.

In rare cases, some patients may experience redness, dryness, and tenderness in the treated areas. However, these symptoms should resolve within a few days.

Preparing for Iontophoresis Treatment: What Patients Should Know

Before beginning an iontophoresis treatment, there are a few things that you should know to ensure a successful and safe experience.

First, make sure you discuss any specific concerns or questions that you may have with Dr. Rishi , doctors at Parashar Skin Clinic. This will help ensure that all of your expectations are met and make the treatment as effective as possible.

Second, prepare the area of the body that will be treated. Make sure that the skin is free of any dirt, deodorants, lotions, and perfumes, as these can interfere with the treatment.

Finally, it is important to wear light, breathable clothing to the appointment, as this will help ensure your comfort during the treatment.

Post-Treatment Care and Maintenance for Managing Excessive Sweating with Iontophoresis

After an iontophoresis session, it is important to take proper care of your body and the treated area to ensure long-lasting results.

First, you should avoid sweating for at least 24 hours after the session. It is also important to avoid using any lotions, deodorants, perfumes, and other products on the treated area for at least 12 hours.

You should also avoid any activities that can cause excessive sweating or strain on the treated areas. This includes activities such as vigorous exercise and hot tubs.

If possible, it is recommended to do regular iontophoresis session once a week, or in some cases once a month. This will help maintain the effects of the initial treatment and ensure that excessive sweating is managed long-term.


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Dr. Rishi Parashar

MBBS, MD Dermatology

Dr. Rishi Parashar is a distinguished dermatologist with an impressive academic background and 25 years of experience in the field. He earned his MBBS degree from SMS Medical College, Jaipur, affiliated with the University of Rajasthan, in 1994.
His relentless pursuit of knowledge led him to achieve an MD in Dermatology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, in 1998. With his vast experience, Dr. Parashar combines his extensive education with a passion for dermatology to provide top-notch care to his patients.
Additionally, he holds the esteemed position of Co-chairman in the Department of Dermatology at Delhi's prestigious Sir Gangaram Hospital.

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