Iontophoresis treatment positively treats patients with palmar, plantar and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating, particularly in the hands, feet and armpits. Those people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature and this can have a major impact on the quality of life. This can be embarrassing, lead to anxiety and stress and damage self confidence. Iontophoresis is an effective treatment to help stop excessive sweating.
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HOW DOES IONTOPHORESIS WORK?
A simple 20-minute session twice a week is often all it takes to achieve a comfortable perspiration level. You’ll place the affected body part in a basin of water. Our healthcare provider will then turn on the machine and increase the current until you feel a slight tingling sensation on your skin. This shouldn’t cause any pain.
During iontophoresis, a medical device delivers mild electrical currents while your affected body part is submerged in water.Tap water iontophoresis interferes with the sweat glands just below the outer layer of the skin. The currents are often delivered to the hands, feet, or armpits to block your sweat glands temporarily. Some people feel a slight tingling sensation during the procedure, but the electrical current isn’t strong enough to shock you.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFECTS OF IONTOPHORESIS?
Iontophoresis causes no known side effects and its efficiency does not decrease over time. Only slight skin irritation or sensations of discomfort can occur during treatment. The most common side effect is dryness of the skin. Blistering, peeling, and irritation might also occur on the skin. However, these side effects can usually be treated by applying moisturizer to the skin after each session. Electric burns and shocks can be avoided by following routine precautions.
WHO CAN’T HAVE IONTOPHORESIS?
Iontophoresis treatment is not suitable for those who:
- Have metallic implants, such as cardiac pacemakers, or orthopaedic joint or bone implants, if they are within the electric circuit.
- Have defects in the skin barrier, which cannot be protected by petroleum jelly or insulating tape, also represent a temporary contraindication.
- Are pregnant
- Have epilepsy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Iontophoresis treatment has been shown to dramatically reduce sweating. One study found that the treatment helped 91% of patients with excessive sweating in the hands and feet.
Iontophoresis treatment is not painful. You may feel a slight tingling during treatment but this shouldn’t be painful.
WHY CHOOSE THE HARLEY STREET DERMATOLGY CLINIC?
Having the right dermatologist is important especially when you have a chronic skin condition that will require ongoing treatment. We want you to feel confident that we’re providing you with the best possible care. We also want you to feel as comfortable as possible with your dermatologist.
The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic specialises in conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails. Our goal is to provide all the care that you need when you’re experiencing these kinds of problems. We want to make it easy for you to access the best quality treatment and support in London.
The clinic is conveniently located in Central London, so it’s easy to visit us if you need to see a dermatologist. You will find yourself in a very comfortable and welcoming environment. We have created a relaxing space where you will receive the highest quality of care. We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients of Doctify so you can be sure of safe and effective treatment with us.
The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic
35 Devonshire Place
The clinic can be accessed by public transport, on foot or by car. There is paid on street parking around the Harley Street district. The nearest tube stations are Regent’s Park and Baker Street, and Marylebone train station is a 15 minute walk away.
020 3322 7852
020 3322 7852
While appointments can be made available outside usual hours in special circumstances, our core hours are:
Monday: 8am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday : 10am - 2pm
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