Drysol and similar products are a group of anti-perspirants. These products are probably the most easily prescribed and used initially by people who are looking to for hyperhidrosis treatment.
These products are made of aluminum chloride combinations of various strengths. It requires a certain technique for the application. These products can be applied to the hands, armpits and feet. These aluminum chloride salts come in different levels of concentration. The stronger ones (More than 20%) typically require a doctor’s prescription. The metal salt complex a precipitation in the sweat gland ducts, which are presumed to block the epidermal sweat duct or to promote atrophy and vacuolization of the glandular secretory cells. The damage that could be caused by prolonged use of aluminum chloride lotions is not yet known. Commercially available products such as Maxim can be found and ordered on the internet. These products and similar products are basically aluminum chloride compounds in lesser concentrations.
Effectiveness of Drysol:
Drysol and similar anti perspirant type products can be effective in very mild cases of hyperhidrosis. The severe cases are usually not very responsive to this type of treatment. Their usage is limited because of the chemical reaction and the mild pain associated with each application.
Even though the success rate of this type of treatment is limited it should be tried as a first step. Patients should never jump to more invasive treatment before first trying conservative treatments such as this.
* Always consult with your physician first before making any decisions.
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