How to Stop Drysol From Burning

Updated February 12, 2018

Drysol is a topical antiperspirant containing aluminium chloride as the active ingredient. It is a prescription-only item in some countries, including the United States, and is typically prescribed for people with hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. Drysol blocks sweat glands, thus reducing the amount of perspiration, and it is more potent than over-the-counter products. In some people, Drysol can cause side effects of stinging or burning sensations, along with reddened skin.

Don't apply Drysol to broken or irritated skin, or skin that has been recently waxed or shaved. That is more likely to cause painful burning sensations.

Use a smaller amount of Drysol than you did the first time, applying as thin a layer as possible.

Be aware that the burning sensation is often temporary and may disappear after using Drysol a few times. Additionally, some people find that the product is so effective they can get by using it only weekly or monthly.

Apply Drysol right before going to bed. This can help you avoid the burning sensation by sleeping through it.

Discontinue using Drysol for two or three days until any uncomfortable sensations disappear, and then try it again.

Stop using Drysol and call your doctor if the burning sensation becomes worse or if it continues after multiple attempts to use the product. Also call your doctor if you develop a skin rash or swelling on the affected area.

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