From time to time, we have all known what it feels like to be too warm. The human body reacts to warmth by trying to cool down, so that we do not get overheated. Part of this process of cooling down usually involves perspiration, or sweat. In fact, this is the body’s own cooling system! For the average person, this cooling system consists of between two and four million sweat glands.
For some individuals, however, actually about 1% to 3% of the population, or 8 million people, sweating happens all too frequently. It isn’t just when they are hot…it happens much more often. This excessive sweating, which is known as hyperhidrosis, can be an inconvenience. People with hyperhidrosis actually sweat five times more than the average person.
Trying to control excessive sweating has been a pursuit of medical professionals for years. One area that has been developed is a process known as iontophoresis treatment. Using iontophoresis machines, patients are treated for excessive sweating. Let’s answer three key questions about this process and how it works.
1. What is Iontophoresis Treatment?
Iontophoresis is a treatment alternative for individuals who experience excessive sweating. Helping to control excessive sweating with this technique is a concept that began nearly a half century ago. Since it was introduced as a way of helping to control excessive sweating over 50 years ago, there has been progress made.
2. How Does Iontophoresis Treatment Work?
Iontophoresis a technique of using voltage on the skin to deliver drugs to the system to lessen sweating. Administering drugs through the skin is a process that is called transdermal drug delivery.
3. What Machines Are Used in Iontophoresis Treatment?
An iontophoresis unit, or machine, is used to administer iontophoresis therapy in helping to control excessive sweating. The sessions for iontophoresis therapy usually take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.
A new iontophoresis device was approved by the FDA in April 2015 in the United States. It is called an iontophoresis machine. This machine uses a local electrical current to help stop excessive sweating. If the patient’s hands were extremely sweaty, for instance, they may place them palms down on the iontophoresis machine and hopefully find relief.
For many individuals, deodorants, antiperspirants, and drugs are not completely effective in helping to control excessive sweating. Today, however, there is new hope for individuals with hyperhidrosis, thanks to the developments made on the iontophoresis machine.