Treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in Kent

iontophoresis treatment in tunbridge wells

What is iontophoresis?

Iontophoresis is a treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) involving the application of a low intensity electrical current through water, to treat the hands and feet. It is not known how the treatment actually works, but it has been proven to be very beneficial in managing excessive sweating since it was first used during the 1940’s. Iontophoresis is often recommended for people who’ve tried prescription or clinical strength antiperspirants but require a more effective treatment. Iontophoresis has been shown to dramatically decrease sweating. One study found that iontophoresis helped 91% of patients noticed a remarkable reduction in excessive sweating of the hands and feet.

What are the alternatives?

Topical sprays, powders or creams are the most widely used method for treating this condition, however they are not always effective options in extreme cases. Botox injections are also used to treat this condition.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Iontophoresis is a safe treatment with limited side effects, however, please be aware of the following:

  • Iontophoresis involves the use of mild electrical currents.
  • Avoid touching any of the metal plates during treatment to avoid burns.
  • To avoid electric shock, keep your hands and/or feet in the water until your practitioner asks you to remove them.
  • Remove all metal jewellery before treatment.

You may experience the following side effects:

  • Unpleasant sensation when higher doses are used, please let your practitioner know if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Dryness of hands or feet.
  • Redness or irritation.
  • Thickening of skin on treated areas.
  • Tingling.

How long does the treatment take?

The initial regime consists of a series of treatments over a four week Each session lasts between 20 to 40 minutes depending on areas being treated.

What do I need to do?

You will be asked to immerse your hands and/or feet into the water. You may feel a ‘pins and needles’ sensation. Your practitioner can change the settings to ensure a comfortable current. Once at a comfortable level you will remain with your hands/feet in the baths for 10 to 15 minutes. The power will then be turned down, reversed and started again.

Is Iontophoresis right for me?

You will be offered a complimentary consultation prior to treatment so that your practitioner can ensure you are a suitable candidate and that you will benefit from Iontophoresis. They will also assess whether this is the best option for you and offer an alternative solution if necessary. You should not have this treatment if you have a cardiac pace maker, you are pregnant, you have metal plates or pins, or if you have any skin problems with your hands or feet.