Drysol Side Effects

Quite often consumers are reluctant to try new products because of an inherent fear of unwanted or serious side effects, and rightly so. Over the years there have been a number of product recalls due to the fact that they cause side effects that hadn’t been counted on. Drysol has been used effectively in prescription formulations for a number of years and it is safe to say that there are no known serious side effects associated with the product, or its key active ingredient, when used as directed.

No Reports of Serious Drysol Side Effects

To begin with, it is necessary to understand what Drysol is and how it works. In simple words, Drysol effectively treats excessive sweating but it is not an antiperspirant. The key active ingredient in Drysol is Aluminum Chloride that is proven to treat profuse perspiration, hyperhydrosis, where it begins with a flaw in the sympathetic nervous system. Unlike antiperspirants that simply try to stop wetness underarms while masking odor with perfumes, Drysol seeks to ‘fix’ the flaw in the body so that it is not triggered to secrete excess sweat. There have been no reports of serious side effects in clinical trials or from consumers using the product over the years.

Comparison of Drysol Side Effects against OTC Antiperspirants

However, there is one area where Drysol is comparable to antiperspirants, and that is in the area of ‘potential’ side effects. Just as OTC antiperspirants can sting a little, or provoke a burning sensation, especially if used immediately following shaving the underarms, so too can Drysol cause tingling or burning. There is no danger in the sensation, and it goes away immediately. It is no more harmful than the tingling associated with antiperspirants, but it is infinitely more effective. It should be noted that Drysol is to be applied to dry, clean skin at bedtime, and washed off in the morning.

Avoiding Potential Drysol Side Effects

The way to avoid any unwanted side effects is to make absolutely certain that there are no cuts or abrasions to the area where it is being applied. Although not dangerous, broken skin will result in a heightened burning sensation. Also, there are varying strengths that can be used on different parts of the body. The 20% maximum strength underarm solution would be too strong to use on tender areas of the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. There is a 6.5% solution developed just for those sensitive areas. It is further recommended that any individuals, who are taking medications or have allergies to Aluminum Chloride, although rare, should consult with their physicians prior to use.

Understanding that there is no greater potential for Drysol side effects than would be present with less effective antiperspirants should ease consumer’s minds. There have been no reports of any serious side effects and consumers have been using Drysol, as prescribed by physicians, for years. It is available in mild or extra strength formulations, and as long as the manufacturer’s directions are followed, there should be no danger of side effects or adverse reactions.