Drysol is a brand name for aluminum chloride hexahydrate and is used as an antiperspirant. Excessive sweating is a common problem with many people. This condition is also called hyperhidrosis. In this condition a person suffers from excessive perspiration of their palms and feet. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate, also known as Drysol, is a medication used to treat this ailment. It is a topical medicine that is applied overnight to the affected area. The affected areas are the underarms, eyebrow, palms, feet, and back. However, it must be taken under medical supervision. It is said to work in almost 80% cases.
How does Drysol Work?
Like all other antiperspirants, Drysol is used to block the sweat glands. It is used as a topical medication, and the aluminum in the drug is absorbed by the top layer of the skin, in the areas in which it is applied. The aluminum ions are absorbed by the cells in that area and these ions absorb water (sweat) with them. As water is absorbed by the cells, they swell and obstruct the sweat glands. However, when the water retention capacity of the cell finishes, sweating starts again. After this discussion, you must be wondering if Drysol is safe. Let us find out the answer.
Side Effects of Drysol
There are no severe or major side effects of this medication. However, it must be applied only after a doctor's recommendation.
- The most common Drysol side effects include irritation and tingling sensation on the skin.
- The major side effect is allergic reactions like hives or rashes on the skin. If you are experiencing these, visit the doctor as soon as possible.
- Swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips are also some of the more severe side effects. These are also caused due to some sort of allergic reaction to the drug.
- Difficulty in breathing and severe dizziness have also been witnessed by some people. In this situation, you should consult your doctor.
- Lastly, before you start using the drug, check whether you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
- The very first thing that is to be taken care of is to inform your doctor about your current medications (if any). There are no reported drug interactions with Drysol, but, it is better to be on the safer side, before you go for any sort of medication.
- If you are pregnant, you have to inform this to your doctor because aluminum chloride is dangerous to the unborn baby and hence, the doctor must know in advance about the pregnancy before he/she prescribes you this drug. Breastfeeding women are also advised to inform the doctor to avoid any complications.
- Tell the doctor about the allergies you have to some food or medicine.
One of the side effects, which is not health related, is that it stains clothes. Therefore, you must take care while you apply Drysol topically to the affected areas. There is no reported overdose case, but it is better to be safe and discuss the dosage with your doctor.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.