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The use of an electric current to transport an ionized substance, especially a drug, through the skin.

[From Greek ion, iont-, something that goes; see ion + -phoresis.]

i·on′to·pho·ret′ic (-rĕt′ĭk) adj.


(Biochemistry) biochem a technique for studying neurotransmitters in the brain by the application of experimental solutions to the tissues through fine glass electrodes
[C20: from Greek iont-, ion, from ienai to go + -phoresis]
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Noun1.iontophoresis - therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues
therapy - (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.); "the quarterback is undergoing treatment for a knee injury"; "he tried every treatment the doctors suggested"; "heat therapy gave the best relief"


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Other treatments that the orthopaedist may recommend include using splints, plantar iontophoresis (using an electric current to get an applied drug into the foot), extracorporeal shock wave therapy and surgery.
Contract notice: Supply of iontophoresis electrode for the health logistics platform of Almera.
Several alternative physical skin techniques like jet injections, dermabrasion, laser, microneedles, iontophoresis, electroporation, ultrasound and mixtures of the earlier mentioned have been investigated [9, 20].
It is not known exactly how iontophoresis works, but theories include a thickening of the skin and disruption to nerve signal transmission.
Another treatment is iontophoresis, where a weak electrical current is passed through areas of the skin prone to excessive sweating.
Iontophoresis of corticosteroids has been discussed as an additional treatment modality for PF.
In the case of delivering the drug actively, a driving force is necessary for the transport of drug across the skin, which may be accomplished using jet injectors, electroporation, iontophoresis, ultrasound, powder injection, and tape stripping.
Iontophoresis may help excessive sweating that affects the feet.
Many insurance companies consider treatment of hyperhidrosis with iontophoresis or botulinum toxin medically necessary when topical aluminum chloride or other extra-strength antiperspirants are ineffective or result in irritation," he noted.
Patients will receive three treatments of either EGP-437 iontophoresis treatment or a placebo iontophoresis treatment.
They found that applying a tiny electric current -- a process called iontophoresis -- made the anesthetics more effective.
It offers a unique combination of pulsed Iontophoresis and low frequency Sonophoresis.