Iontophoresis is a drug delivery system that is typically used to deliver water soluble drugs through your skin, to an injured or affected area of your body. There are a variety of different conditions a particular patient may have in order for them to be suitable for Iontophoresis treatment, such as bursitis (something I once had on my elbow), tendinitis, arthritis, and a few other conditions.
Some of the exact same Iontophoresis Contraindications, if not all, will most likely apply when you are being treated for the aforementioned conditions, but this particular post more specifically focuses on the contraindications associated with Iontophoresis for Hyperhidrosis, since this is what our website is all about, so feel free to read on even if you are considering iontophoresis as part of physical therapy.
Iontophoresis is a proven treatment, predominantly performed in the U.S., that is non-invasive, and delivered to the palms, feet, or underarms to combat excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis. If you would like to know more about Iontophoresis, please click here to read an article that specifically addresses it.
What Conditions Do You Have?
If you have any of the following conditions, or any type of metal implant in your body then you should not start Iontophoresis treatment at all until you have first consulted with a physician. The contraindications we are about to detail are the most common ones we are aware of and there may be others that are not listed here. Again, we do highly recommended (even if you have a condition not listed here) that you seek a medical practitioners’ advice before you decide to start iontophoresis treatment, whether you are using your own device at home or at a physicians’ clinic.
The following are Iontophoresis Contraindications:
- Metal Orthopedic Implants
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Skin Disease or Rash
The reason why pacemakers and metal orthopedic implants are considered a contraindication for iontophoresis is because the parts of the body that the current must go through should not contain metal, such as screws and plates etc. Quite a few manufacturers of iontophoresis machines advise against treatment if you have an IUD contraceptive coil fitted. Why? Because a lot of coils contain metal, and even the more modern ones that appear to be plastic, are just plastic coated but contain either silver or copper, or both.
The bottom line is that iontophoresis is a safe, reliable and effective treatment for Palmar and Plantar Hyperhidrosis (and even underarm sweating), but you must take a few precautions beforehand to make sure you do not fall in to any of the contraindication categories mentioned above. Some candidates for iontophoresis that have either one of the contraindications we have discussed have been given the go ahead from their respective doctor to proceed with treatment. Most of the time it does depend on what part of the body you are having treated in relation to the location of any potential metal implanted in your body, and/or skin disease or abrasions. Just seek professional advice if you are uncertain.
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