Thin Skin

Your body is covered by a thin layer of skin. The skin itself is actually paper thin and when you hold it in your hands, what you normally feel is not just your skin, but also the underlying sub-cutaneous fat. Body builders work hard to create the look of paper-thin skin to show off their muscles and veins. They do this by reducing body fat to below 6%, controlling sodium intake and drinking lots of water. This is for aesthetics.

Your skin has also been made to be impermeable. This is what prevents you from melting in the rain or dissolving in the swimming pool. That just would not be fun now, would it? It is this impermeability that has resulted in you needing to take medication either orally or through an injection. Both these methods allow the chemicals in the medication to enter your blood stream and treat the affected area. Oral medication often results in over medication as the entire body is treated to the chemical and dilutes its effect before it reaches the required place. Needles are obviously painful (I know of people who shriek in terror at the thought of a needle). Wouldn’t it be so much more pleasant if you could just smack the medicine onto your skin and allow it to soak the medicines in; melting in the rain be dammed. In medical terms this is known as transdermal medication.

Scientists at Shizuoka University have attempted to solve this problem by creating a plasma that can reduce the impermeability of your skin and interact directly with your blood stream. The team showed how using a plasma jet and a micro plasma discharge, it was possible to inject your body with medication. Their chosen guinea pig, was funnily a Yucatan pig. Once successful, it will herald a new dimension in medical science with improved micro-targeting of affected areas. Now if they could only find the chemicals required to improve memory, you could easily find me walking around with several patches on my head.




5 thoughts on “Thin Skin

  • November 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Not every medication needs to be injected or ingested. Patches exist for nicotine as well as contraception and there is a move towards more natural make up because the long list of chemical entities present in what is available on the counter can also be absorbed into the body through the skin.
    The term is semi permeable, to selectively allow .

  • November 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you, your comments are very insightful. Is it true that medication can be taken through patches? My research did not show that, barring nicotine. If you have any references I would love to read it.

  • November 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    testosterone CIII patches for both men (Androde) and women (Intrinsa).
    Nitroglycerin patches are sometimes prescribed for the treatment of angina in lieu of sublingual pills.
    Transdermal scopolamine is commonly used as a treatment for motion sickness.
    The anti-hypertensive drug clonidine is available in transdermal patch form
    under the brand name Catapres-TTS.
    Emsam, a transdermal form of the MAOI selegiline, became the first transdermal delivery agent for an antidepressant approved for use in the U.S. in March 2006.
    Daytrana, the first methylphenidate transdermal delivery system for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), was approved by the FDA in April 2006.
    Vitamin B12 may also be administered through a transdermal patch. Cyanocobalamin, a highly stable form of vitamin B12, is compatible with transdermal patching[citation needed].
    5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) can also be administered through a transdermal patch, which was launched in the United Kingdom in early 2014
    Rivastigmine, an Alzheimer’s treatment medication, was released in patch form in 2007, under the brand name Exelon

    all this from wikipedia.
    What I realised in this exchange is that I learn too in the process. win win .
    You take care and keep posting .

    • November 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks so much. This is incredibly informative and useful and I hope the other readers also get something out of it. I will research more and try and talk about some of the things you researched. Thank you as always for reading.

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