Is iontophoresis still the best option for treating excessive sweating?
The answer depends on how you define “best.” Compared to other treatments for hyperhidrosis (or excessive sweating), iontophoresis is the easiest, most affordable and safest option. Furthermore, it also doesn’t have any negative side effects, which is always a good thing. If these criteria are used then, yes, iontophoresis is the best treatment for excessive sweating.
However, some people may use other criteria, which is why there’s some debate as to whether or not iontophoresis is the best treatment for excessive sweating.
What is Iontophoresis?
Iontophoresis prevents excessive sweating by applying low voltage electrical currents into the skin. The procedure aims use these electrical currents to reduce the activity of the sweat glands, thereby reducing the amount of sweat that they normally produce.
The effectiveness of iontophoresis is well-documented, but compared to other hyperhidrosis treatments, it’s effects are relatively slow. This is why some people have second thoughts about the effectiveness of this procedure.
How Effective is Iontophoresis?
Iontophoresis is generally effective at treating hyperhidrosis. However, in order to get positive results, users require 20 to 40 minutes of treatment several times a week. For some people, the effects are almost immediate, while for others, it takes days or even weeks. So if you’re planning to get this procedure, keep in mind that you will have to wait for awhile before you can expect any positive results.
What Makes Iontophoresis Different From Other Treatments?
What makes iontophoresis different from other hyperhidrosis treatments is that it is easy, affordable and involves very little pain. Consider the most popular alternatives:
Botox Injections – Botulinum injections is an FDA approved treatment for excessive sweating. Unfortunately, it’s not the most comfortable solution, particularly if you don’t like needles or unusual side effects.
Anticholinergic Drugs – Anticholinergic drugs are used to suppress sweat glands, which in effect reduces the amount of sweat that they produce. Unfortunately, these drugs also have unpleasant side effects, including blurred vision and urinary problems
Surgery – Finally, there is the option of going under the knife. Aside from being expensive, this procedure is also reserved for those who suffer very severe forms of hyperhidrosis.
Compared to these other procedures, iontophoresis is the easiest, most affordable and least painful option. It’s also the treatment that has the least amount of risks and side effects. If these factors matter to you then iontophoresis is easily the most effective treatment for excessive sweating. However, if fast results are your number one priority then you’re better off trying other treatments.