What You Should Know About Excessive Sweating on Hands and Feet


A Surma proverb says “ A coward sweats in the water.” In Africa, sweat symbolizes strength and agility because our elders believe that he who sweats will reap.

Every human is born with approximately two million and four million sweat glands to regulate our body temperature.

Sweating is the body’s natural way of keeping our temperature at an ideal level. It is regulated by the autonomic nervous system, which means we have no control over it.

Contrary to what our elders believe, when sweat becomes excessive, it cannot be dismissed as just hardwork. The condition is called Hyperhidrosis.

Severe cases can have serious consequences, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands without wiping their palms first. There are even instances where they cannot move with bare feet because their sweaty feet stain the floor.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

Doctors say neurologic, endocrine, infectious, and other systemic diseases can sometimes cause hyperhidrosis, although most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy.

Heat and emotions may also trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly all their waking hours, regardless of their mood or the weather.

How to Cure Hyperhidrosis

Dr Bets Breedt on Health24 lists Antiperspirants, Iontophoresis therapy, Prescription drugs and Surgery as part of the ways to cure Hyperhidrosis.

She says “The first step is to try an antiperspirant – but choose one that lists aluminium chloride as one of its ingredients. These form tiny plugs in the pores that temporarily block the sweat glands. They must be applied every 24 to 48 hours and you should see an improvement after three weeks.”

She also explains that a scalpel can effectively stop excessive sweating but it should be a last resort because there are always risks attached to surgery and your doctor will discuss them with you at length.

Iontophoresis therapy

Iontophoresis was introduced over 50 years ago as a treatment for excessive sweating. The procedure uses water to conduct an electric current to the skin a few times each week, for about 10-20 minutes per session, followed by a maintenance program of treatments at 1- to 3-week intervals, depending on the patient’s response. Iontophoresis treatments are absolutely painless.

Iontoderma treats hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet using iontophoresis

Studies have shown that iontophoresis machines positively treat 90% to 100% of cases where patients experience palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis.

A simple 20-minute session once a week is often all it takes to achieve a comfortable perspiration level.

Contrary to cream or medication, tap water electrotherapy machines do not rely on potentially harmful chemicals. Since excessive sweating is a lifelong condition, Iontoderma promotes the use of chemical free treatment.

An Iontoderma kit comes with power supply suitable for the most sensitive users and the heaviest of sweaters and country specific plug included in every order.

Two corrosion resistant 5052-aluminium electrodes. Gold plated connectors with high corrosion resistance and great electrical conductivity.

Gold plated banana plugs that connects directly to the electrodes connectors. Two PVC foam, die-cut, soft protection mats resistant to bacterias and fungi ensuring a comfortable and lasting treatment and a robust polypropylene plastic briefcase designed to fit all sizes of hands and feet perfect for transport and travel.

Lastly, you also get DHL Express Worldwide Shipping included, free of charge. So what are you waiting for, get Iontoderma Kit here


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