Iontophoresis is a needle free, non invasive technology for delivering water soluble, ionicdrugs or other compounds through the skin using a microprocessor controlled electrical current.The current carries the compounds into underlying tissue and into the blood stream, making thedelivery either site specific or systemic. The microprocessor facilitates variable dose controlenabling programmable or patient controlled dosing as well as rapid onset and cessation of delivery, where desired.
Defining Hyperhidrosis :
Sweating is necessary to control body temperature during timesof exercise and warm/hot surroundings. Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervoussystem. In 0.6 to /1.0% of the population, this system is revved - up and works at a very highlevel causing sweating to occur at inappropriate times in specific areas of the body. This conditionis known as
causes of hyperhidrosis can be primary or secondary.
Regions of the body -
scalp, facial ( face ), palmar ( hands ), axillary( armpits ), truncal ( trunk ), plantar ( feet ).
Primary or idiopathic hyperhidrosis -
Hyperhidrosis without a known cause. A morefrequent condition than secondary hyperhidrosis. Localized commonly in the hands, armpits,scalp, face, and or feet. Starts during childhood or early adolesence, worsens during puberty andthen persists for the rest of one’s life. Nervousness and psychiatric disorders are rarely thecause. The excessive sweating is very embarrassing and social, professional, and intimaterelationships are often seriously affected.
Secondary hyperhidrosis -
Caused by an underlying condition. Usually causes excesssweating of the entire body, however. Some of these conditions are : endocrine disorders such ashyperthyroidism, endocrine treatment for malignant disease, menopause, obesity, psychiatricdisorders, systemic malignant disease.