Have you advised or prescribed a cure to do with iontophoresis and do not know what to expect? No problem, we'll help you! In fact, after reading this short article you will certainly be able to better evaluate the benefits and to know the relevant aspects.
What is iontophoresis and how it works
Let's start by saying that when we talk about Iontophoresis, we talk about electrotherapy. Its peculiarity is to be able to administer drugs subcutaneously, without the aid of syringes, needles or tablets. I'll quickly explain how it works: electrodes connected to an electrostimulator are inserted into absorbent sponges soaked in drug. Once placed in correspondence with the area to be treated, these transmit small pulses of direct current. The current, passing from one electrode to another (from positive to negative or vice versa), ionizes the drug in the sponge and carries it under the epidermis, making it easily reach the tissues to be treated. Are you thinking that you don't like the idea of the current on your body? Do not worry! It is a current with very low intensity and which at most will only make you feel a slight tingling.
Now I want to illustrate the benefits you get by taking care with iontophoresis.
The advantages of iontophoresis
The advantages that are obtained by taking drugs through ionophoresis are different. First of all, iontophoresis is a therapy painless, in which the drug is administered in a localized way. This leads to a rapid therapeutic effect and consequently shorter recovery times. In fact, studies have shown that taking an ionized drug stays longer in the affected tissues, being absorbed even 100 times more than taking a drug by mouth. Therefore, results faster, but with less amount of medication. Another advantage concerns the absence of side effects which should be taken by taking oral or intravenous drugs, such as gastritis, metabolite formation, excipients, etc.
In short, with all these benefits and advantages, it seems that iontophoresis is a real godsend for those who use it! Yet, there is still another important aspect to consider!
Iontophoresis and electrotherapy
So far I have explained to you what are the advantages of taking a drug trandermally through iontophoresis. In reality with iontophoresis, thanks to the use of low intensity direct currents, the so-called is also created TENS effect. You may have already heard of TENS and its properties, but if not, I will just say that applying micro currents to nerve endings causes them to be hyperpolarized, with the consequent raising the pain threshold on the treated part. A nice advantage for the patient, it is like taking a painkiller but without all the contraindications of the case!
What to cure with iontophoresis
Therefore, thanks to its properties and its versatility of application, iontophoresis is successfully used for the treatment of localized painful pathologies such as osteoarthritis, arthritis, sciatica, but also as a safe cure for lumbago, neck pain, muscle strains or problems knee joint. In general it is great for treating local inflammations or as a pain therapy. It is widely used as a remedy against hyperhidrosis, or the accentuated sweating both in the limbs and in the armpits, and is a valid remedy against the IPP (Induratio PenisPlastica or Peyronie's disease), presenting to the male genital system with a curvature of the penis when erect. It is also widely used in dentistry and in the aesthetic field, for example for hair care or against cellulite.
Advice on electrostimulators for iontophoresis
Now that you've come to read this far, I want to give you some little information on how to choose one iontophoresis apparatus. If you already have an electrostimulator in your home, make sure it's a CE certified device as a medical device and have programs dedicated to iontophoresis, because otherwise unfortunately it will not be fine. In fact, iontophoresis requires programs that generate a current that correctly ionizes the chosen drug.
If your electro-stimulator already has suitable programs, you may just need one iontophoresis kit, like the one included in the packages of new appliances. This kit includes silicone electrodes, absorbent sponges and electrode stops.
If you need to use it temporarily, you can evaluate a rental formula. In this case you can benefit from our experience and advice, as well as clearly an obvious one savings.
Contraindications and side effects of iontophoresis
Iontophoresis does not present side effects in itself, except those related to hypersensitivity or allergy to the active ingredients used. However, I want to remind you that it is not recommended to carry out direct treatments with electrotherapy in areas of the body that have abrasions, dermatitis, exposed wounds or near metal prostheses. Furthermore, electrotherapy is contraindicated in pregnant women, in patients with pacemakers, cardio defibrillator implants and in subjects suffering from cardiac arrhythmias or epilepsy.
At this point, you will surely have an idea about iontophoresis. Although the advantages of transdermal delivery are very important compared to traditional drug therapy, when it comes to health my advice is not to make decisions independently, but to always rely on a professional specialist who can first of all evaluate your general health and your lifestyle, then to eventually write some iontophoresis sessions.
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