Sweaty palms can be a discomforting and even debilitating condition, affecting nearly all aspects of your life. Excessive and unpredictable sweating of the hands, technically referred to as palmar hyperhidrosis, often goes untreated. Many people with sweaty palms have tried conservative therapies such as oral medication and antiperspirants without much success.
If you suffer from palmar hyperhidrosis, an alternative treatment that uses the natural minerals in tap water may be highly effective at reducing or even eliminating your excessive sweating. The procedure, called iontophoresis, is commonly recommended for patients with sweaty palms by the team of hyperhidrosis specialists at the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills.
What Causes Plantar Hyperhidrosis?
Sweating is a normal physiological response that can be induced by warm temperatures, exercise, anxiety, or embarrassment. People with excessive sweating suffer from an overactive sweat response, and may even experience sweaty palms in the absence of these stimuli.
The sympathetic nerves are responsible for the regulation of sweating, and therefore are the target of many hyperhidrosis therapies. Abnormal functioning of the sympathetic nerves, either from a genetic defect or underlying medical condition, can result in palmar hyperhidrosis.
How Does Iontophoresis Work?
Iontophoresis utilizes tap water to conduct a mild electric current and deliver ionized minerals through the skin’s surface. These mineral particles microscopically thicken the sweat ducts in the palm, blocking the flow of sweat and ultimately disrupting sweat gland function.
Iontophoresis can be performed from the comfort of your own home if the proper equipment has been acquired. Treatment involves sitting for approximately 30 minutes with one or both hands in a tray of water. An iontophoresis machine then produces a very small electric current to transport the minerals through the surface of your palms. Treatments schedules can vary but most involve several iontophoresis sessions per week to maintain the desired level of dryness.
Many patients enjoy iontophoresis for the natural relief from excessive hand sweating and its flexible treatment schedule. Furthermore, iontophoresis has only minimal side effects, the most common being excessive dryness or slight irritation of the hands. The current produced by the iontophoresis machine is not strong enough to cause an electric shock.
Other Ways of Treating Sweaty Palms
While iontophoresis can be a very effective treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis, some people may require a different approach. People who experience more severe symptoms of hyperhidrosis, or who have certain health conditions or metal implants, are not good candidates for iontophoresis.
Several alternative treatments may provide long-term relief from sweaty palms, including:
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
Contact a Hyperhidrosis Specialist
If you are experiencing symptoms of palmar hyperhidrosis, it is important to develop the optimal treatment plan for your condition. Our outpatient center in Beverly Hills is a state-of-the-art facility designed for the comprehensive management of sweaty palms and other forms of hyperhidrosis. Contact us today by calling (888) 349-1398 or filling out our online contact form.