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Iontophoresis Treatment In London
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.
HOW IS EXCESSIVE SWEATING TREATED?
There are a number of different treatment options available that can help to reduce or eliminate excessive sweating. These treatments generally fall into three main categories: medical interventions, such as antiperspirants containing aluminium chloride; surgical procedures, such as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy; and behavioural therapies, including lifestyle changes, relaxation techniques, and Botox injections.
A simple 20-minute session twice a week is often all it takes to achieve a comfortable perspiration level.
During iontophoresis, a medical device delivers mild electrical currents while your affected body part, usually the hands, feet or armpits, is submerged in water. 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. Iontophoresis treatment works by interfering with the sweat glands just below the outer layer of the skin.
There are several other treatments for excessive sweating which may be more appropriate for your condition. These include:
- Botox can be injected into the skin in small doses which blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine glands which will reduce the activity of the sweat glands to minimise sweating
- Aluminium chloride is often found in antiperspirants and can be used in higher doses but this often leads to short lasting results
- Medications can be taken if other treatments haven’t worked
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 moisturiser to the skin after each session. Electric burns and shocks can be avoided by following routine precautions.
Iontophoresis is not suitable in the following situations:
- If you have metallic implants, such as cardiac pacemakers, or orthopaedic joint or bone implants, if they are within the electric circuit.
- Defects in the skin barrier, which cannot be protected by petroleum jelly or insulating tape, also represent a temporary contraindication.
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.
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WHY TREAT YOUR EXCESSIVE SWEATING AT THE HARLEY STREET DERMATOLOGY 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 for Iontophoresis 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.
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