For people suffering from the excessive sweating condition hyperhidrosis, there is a new machine on the market to relieve them of their suffering. The iontophoresis machine is a revolutionary device that safely shocks the nerves to reduce excess sweating. One of the pioneers of this machine is Zhen Zhang, co-founder of IontoDri, a business which sells these machines. Zhen Zhang discusses the benefits of a device like this for treating hyperhidrosis.
Hi Zhen, thank you for your time. To begin, can you give us a bit of background on yourself?
Well, I was born in Mainland China and am co-founder of IontoDri. I’m currently an account executive at IontoDri, where I handle our top performing clients. Before that, I was in charge of researching, designing and manufacturing the IontoDri device. I really enjoyed the work that I did on that.
Can you offer us a bit of information about Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating. It is specifically abnormal excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise. It is thought to affect about 5% of the global population, or approximately 365 million people worldwide. It can affect anyone regardless of factors such as age, sex, or ethnicity.
Hyperhidrosis is often referred to as the “silent handicap” because people who suffer from this condition often feel socially and professionally paralyzed by their sweating. You can purchase it on IontoDri online shop
What is an iontophoresis machine?
An iontophoresis machine is a device that delivers electrical currents through the tap water to your skin and stimulates your sweat glands. The electrical current changes the way your nerves send signals to your sweat glands and causes sweat reduction. Iontophoresis is most commonly used to treat hyperhidrosis disorder, a condition that results in persistent and excessive sweating. There will be a slight tingling sensation during the procedure, but the electrical current isn’t strong enough to shock you.
What kind of benefits does a machine like this have?
Iontophoresis is a drug-free and non-invasive way to treat hyperhidrosis and you can do the treatment in the comfort of your own home. All you need is tap water and time.
Although Some people may experience potential side effect such as Redness, Small blisters, Dry and cracked skin, these side effects are temporary and the benefits are long-term.
Who is this machine appropriate for?
Iontophoresis is one of the most effective methods of controlling Hyperhidrosis. It can be used at home without prescription or training, by men, women and children over the age of 6. It can be considered if antiperspirants fail to help and before medication, injections or surgery. With the right treatment sessions and expert advice, most patients will go on to get their desired results.
Patience for iontophoresis is a virtue. Some patients see positive results in the first day of treatment. For others, it may require 3 to 4 weeks of consistent treatment before the sweating is significantly reduced. How long it takes to see results varies significantly from person to person.
What led you to co-found IontoDri?
We often underestimate the pain that comes from excessive sweating. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause depression, social anxiety and embarrassment. Patients with hyperhidrosis often develop a social phobia as they try to avoid hand shaking or physical contact.
I have a family member who suffered from hyperhidrosis. We found iontophoresis is a simple, cost effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. So we decided to invest ourselves in the mission to create an affordable, efficient, and practical solution to help people who suffered from excessive sweating.
What advice do you have for people struggling with excessive sweating?
Excessive sweating is a very real and embarrassing problem, but there are some effective ways to treat it. The easiest way to tackle excessive sweating is with an antiperspirant. You can buy an antiperspirant over the counter at your local supermarket or drug store. If antiperspirants aren’t stopping the sweating enough, you can try iontophoresis. Although iontophoresis is generally safe, because it uses an electrical current it’s not recommended for women who are pregnant and people who have pacemakers or metal implants, including joint replacements, cardiac conditions, or epilepsy.
If antiperspirants and iontophoresis treatment do not work, another treatment option for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A. They block the nerves that stimulate your sweat glands. You usually need several injections before this treatment becomes effective. For extreme cases, there are some surgical options available. These include microwave therapy, sweat gland removal, and nerve surgery. Although it is very effective, it still the last resort for people who have tried every other treatment. Anyway, we do have options, don’t give up. Life can be good again!
Thank you Zhen for your time!
You can follow up with Zhen Zhang at https://iontodri.com
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