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Medication is ’driven’ through the skin by an electromotive force.

Uses electromotive force of DC generator.

Electrical repulsive force between the charged ions and the electrode of the same polarity  pushes ions through the skin via pore pathways (hair follicles and sweat glands)

Therapeutic effect depends on ions used.

Ions used:
Dexamethasone; glucocorticoid; iodine; penicillin; gentamicin; histamine; hydrocortisone; lignocaine; tap water

Tap water:
• used to suppress sweating on palms and soles
• induces formation of keratin in the sweat glands

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