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Overview

Iontophoresis: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

There are alternate names for Iontophoresis as this is a treatment method, used to treat excess sweating.

How is the treatment done?

Iontophoresis is a treatment procedure that is used to treat hyperhidrosis disorder, that is excess sweating in the person. In this process, transdermal drug is delivered by the use of a voltage gradient on the skin which is submerged under water. It involves the transfer of ions by electrical potential into soft tissues which then reduce sweat production in those tissues. Apart from this, iontophoresis may also be used to treat sports injuries by delivering anti-inflammatory medications directly into the skin of the injured.

Sweating is a part of body’s metabolism. But there are some people who frequently experience excessive or constant sweating for no apparent reason. They may have a condition called hyperhidrosis disorder. One type of treatment that can be used to relieve symptoms of this condition is called Iontophoresis. This procedure blocks sweat from coming out of the sweat glands, thus temporarily stopping excessive sweating.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Instructions for the use of iontophoresis devices will vary. Usually, the affected and injured part of the body is immersed in water while doing this treatment. The device sends a small electrical current through the water into the tissues of the person. Iontophoresis sessions for hyperhidrosis treatment last for 25 to 45 minutes in each session. A teaspoon of baking soda may be added to the water before the treatment begins. Iontophoresis can also help to provide relief from the pain caused from sports injuries. An anti-inflammatory medication is added to the water tub and then small electrical currents are passed. Through these currents, the medicines reach the injured area. Most iontophoresis sessions for sports injuries last for 10 to 15 minutes in each session until the injury begins to show signs of healing.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People with hyperhidrosis disorder, a disorder that causes profuse and constant sweating, should undergo this treatment method to stop the sweating process. Some people sweat more than most others without any cause. Iontophoresis is an effective way to treat such patients. Also, people with sports injury are eligible for this treatment.

Are there any side effects?

People with normal sweating do not need to consult doctors for any treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Iontophoresis is in general, a safe and painless procedure. However, some people may experience a few side effects as a result of iontophoresis, but the adverse effects usually are not serious and go away in its own. The most common side effect noted in people is dryness of the skin. People may also find blistering, peeling, and irritation occurring on the skin. However, these side effects can usually be treated by applying moisturizer to the skin after each session. An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can also make the person more comfortable.

How long does it take to recover?

There are no such post treatment guidelines. People should continue their sessions, at least once a week till their problems are completely cured.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Recovery from this treatment does not take a long time. Most people show positive outcomes within the fourth week of ongoing treatment session. For sweating, people take four weeks since the first session to show betterment. They recover completely by the fifth and sixth week. In case of sports injury, people hardly take three weeks to recover.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Iontophoresis is a costly treatment. Each session costs around Rs 600/- to Rs 1500/-. Otherwise, the cost of an Iontophoresis machine is around Rs 30000/-. People who need a continuous treatment for at least five to six months can buy this machine and undergo the treatment at home.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Treatment is usually permanent in curing the hyperhidrosis disorder and sport related injuries. People need to undergo continuous sessions for at least two to three weeks before they show some signs of improvement. Each session takes around 40 to 60 minutes. After some betterment is noted, people should undergo the treatment session for once a week. This way the session continues until the excessive sweating is gone permanently. Injury treatment takes around 20 to 30 minutes each session for at least two weeks until the injury starts to heal permanently.

Safety: Treatment Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs 600- Rs 1500/- per session

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Physiotherapy is often recommended when the back pain is caused due to lifestyle factors, a minor injury like a fall or other moderate factors. For more severe back injuries, doctors recommend surgery straight away when there is no scope of performing physiotherapy.

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  2. Deep Lunge: For this, you need to kneel on one knee with the other foot pointed towards the front. Lift the back knee up and hold it there for five seconds and then bring it down. Repeat this exercise three times for each side.

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Physiotherapy is often recommended when the back pain is caused due to lifestyle factors, a minor injury like a fall or other moderate factors. For more severe back injuries, doctors recommend surgery straight away when there is no scope of performing physiotherapy.

Low-intensity back pain can be cured using a combination of heat packs, ultrasound wave therapy and Iontophoresis (using a localized current source to introduce medical ionic compounds to the body).

A physical therapy program for back pain usually has two components:

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The physical therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These therapies are considered passive because they are done to the patient. Examples include:

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  1. Back stretch: Put your hands underneath your head while lying back. Bend your knees but put your feet on the ground. Roll your legs to one side and hold them there for 10 seconds. Repeat three times for each side.

  2. Deep lunge: For this, you need to kneel on one knee with the other foot pointed towards the front. Lift the back knee up and hold it there for five seconds and then bring it down. Repeat this exercise three times for each side.

  3. One leg stand: This is the simplest of exercises. Hold on to a wall for support while standing and face towards it. Then slowly hold one leg and bend it behind you. Hold in the same position for five seconds before bringing it down. Repeat the process three times for each leg in five second gaps.

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Physiotherapy is often recommended when the back pain is caused due to lifestyle factors, a minor injury like a fall or other moderate factors. For more severe back injuries, doctors recommend surgery straight away when there is no scope of performing physiotherapy.

Low-intensity back pain can be cured using a combination of heat packs, ultrasound wave therapy and Iontophoresis (using a localized current source to introduce medical ionic compounds to the body).

A physical therapy program for back pain usually has two components:

  1. Passive physical therapy to help reduce the patient's pain to a more manageable level

  2. Active exercises

Passive Physical Therapy - Modalities

The physical therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). These therapies are considered passive because they are done to the patient. Examples include:

  1. Heat/ice packs

  2. TENS units

  3. Iontophoresis

  4. Ultrasound

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In addition to passive therapies, active physical therapy (exercise) is also necessary to rehabilitate the spine. Here are some of the common exercises for back pain:

  1. Back stretch: Put your hands underneath your head while lying back. Bend your knees but put your feet on the ground. Roll your legs to one side and hold them there for 10 seconds. Repeat three times for each side.

  2. Deep lunge: For this, you need to kneel on one knee with the other foot pointed towards the front. Lift the back knee up and hold it there for five seconds and then bring it down. Repeat this exercise three times for each side.

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Physiotherapy is often recommended when the back pain is caused due to lifestyle factors, a minor injury like a fall or other moderate factors. For more severe back injuries, doctors recommend surgery straight away when there is no scope of performing physiotherapy.

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A physical therapy program for back pain usually has two components:

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  2. TENS units

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  1. Back stretch: Put your hands underneath your head while lying back. Bend your knees but put your feet on the ground. Roll your legs to one side and hold them there for 10 seconds. Repeat three times for each side.

  2. Deep lunge: For this, you need to kneel on one knee with the other foot pointed towards the front. Lift the back knee up and hold it there for five seconds and then bring it down. Repeat this exercise three times for each side.

  3. One leg stand: This is the simplest of exercises. Hold on to a wall for support while standing and face towards it. Then slowly hold one leg and bend it behind you. Hold in the same position for five seconds before bringing it down. Repeat the process three times for each leg in five second gaps.

Popular Questions & Answers

I'm suffering from excessive sweating all the time on my face, under shirt and mostly all part of my body though less sweating on my palms. I know I'm suffering from Hyperhidrosis. I sweat while eating at a party. I sweat while performing on stage etc. Etc. Sometimes, I sweat very easily even if I'm doing nothing. How should I approach to get rid of this frustrating excessive sweating?

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Iontophoresis. Iontophoresis may help if you have excessive sweating that affects your hands or feet. It can also be used to treat armpits, although this is usually less effective. Iontophoresis involves treating affected areas of skin with a weak electric current passed through water or a wet pad.

Sir I has wetting palm problems in hand and foot can be this cure I have to go for Indian navy medical check up next month please Answer.

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Iontophoresis (the no-sweat machine) If excessive sweating affects your hands, feet, or both areas, this may be an option. You will use this treatment at home. It requires you to immerse your hands or feet in a shallow pan of tap water. Botulinum toxin: Another treatment option for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox), the same medicine used for wrinkles. Botox is FDA-approved for treating excessive sweating of the underarms, but some doctors may also use it on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
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Hello. I need to ask whats the reason behind SWEAT (pain) in large quantity. Dr. I am 21 years old weight 64 kg but I have a problem of sweat which comes in a large amount from my forehead, chest etc. When ever I take bath and comes out within 5 minutes I start getting sweat on my forehead which doesn't look good even when I ride bike and stops suddenly, when I go to the college, coaching etc. Where ever I go I remain wet in sweat. I drinks allot of water every day near about 22 glasses. I do exercise and always sits under the fan but sweat doesn't stop. I want to remain dry. I use various face wash and it comes very quickly. Please get me rid of this. Thanks.

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If antiperspirants aren't stopping your forehead and chest from sweating too much, your doctor may recommend:- Iontophoresis: During this treatment, you sit with your hands, feet, or both in a shallow tray of water for about 20 to 30 minutes, while a low electrical current travels through the water. No one knows exactly how this treatment works, but experts believe it blocks sweat from getting to your skin's surface. You'll have to repeat this treatment at least a few times a week, but after several times you may stop sweating. Once you learn how to do iontophoresis, you can buy a machine to use at home. Some people only require a couple of treatments a month for maintenance.
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Sir .i have selected in indian navy (in written and physical exam) but somehow I have referred in medical exam for palmer hyperhidrosis. please tell me remedies for that.

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Sweaty Hands called palmar hyperhidrosis is quite embarrassing condition. The specific cause for excessive sweating is unknown but it may be triggered by stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, health conditions like congestive heart failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease etc., But many believe it is caused by a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, causing the sweat glands in the hands to produce sweat unnecessarily. Drysol or other Topical Medicines containing Aluminium chloride may be tried. Oral Medications - anticholinergic drugs like Oxybutynin, propantheline bromide and benztropinereduce hyperhidrosis. may be helpful. Iontophoresis treatment where patients place their hands in trays filled with water that pass a mild electrical current through the skin of the hands. This causes the outer layer of the skin to thicken, blocking the flow of sweat. Botox Injection where the toxins temporarily block the release of acetylcholine, the chemical neurotransmitter from the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands, but is very costly. The last option is Surgery a procedure called ETS - Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine, smoking and drink more water to lower your body temperature are also helpful.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice