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FAQs about Treating Hyperhidrosis
Can I initiate treatment with a higher strength formulation or do I need to start with a lower concentration gel?
Although we recommend starting with a lower strength gel, it is possible to start with a relatively high strength option. For example, we recommend starting with DryDerm 10 for excessive sweating of the underarms. Starting low and stepping up to higher strengths helps to minimize the possibility of skin surface side effects such as a burning sensation or irritation.
Having said this, in this case, one can choose to begin with a higher strength (e.g. DryDerm 20) to treat the underarms, but the risk of side effects increases to a greater extent than that with DryDerm 10.
Can DryDerm be used for generalized or secondary hyperhidrosis ?
No, DryDerm gel should be reserved for treating focal or regionalized hyperhidrosis. If you suspect your condition is not site specific (that is, not restricted to specific regions such as palms, face, underarms) or you seem to be sweating over a large part of your body, you should consult a physician. This may be symptomatic of an underlying condition that requires medical attention.
How can I determine the severity of my condition?
There is a simple questionnaire called the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale (HDSS) that helps determine how severe your condition is. It is based on the degree with which your condition interferes with your quality of life. Consult the How Severe is Your Condition tab for the HDSS.
What should I do if I suspect my excessive sweating is caused by a medication that I am taking?
The only way to find out if this is indeed is the case is to temporarily discontinue the suspected medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist to determine if you can take a drug holiday to monitor any changes in the pattern of your sweating. Consulting a healthcare professional is important as some medications need to be taken consistently on a daily basis (e,g, anti-diabetic agents).
What are the key advantages associated with DryDerm?
DryDerm offers several advantages (see our page DryDerm for Excessive Sweating - 7 Good Reasons). Key advantages include:
During my treatment with DryDerm what are my options if my condition is not improving as much as I would like?
There are two options. After 3 to 4 weeks, consider increasing the frequency of use, no more than once daily. The other option is stepping up to a higher concentration. To minimize the possibility of skin related adverse events, we recommend stepping up to the next highest strength.
Can I use or apply DryDerm on a daily basis?
Yes you can but we recommend using it 2 to 3 times a week (after the initial daily application period). You can increase the frequency of use if the response is incomplete. Daily applications are more common in palms and soles regions - these regions tend to be more difficult to treat. Keep in mind to wash the affected region the morning after the bedtime application.
Does anything exist to help me determine my condition's progress and whether I need a higher strength formulation?
If you are starting treatment with DryDerm consult the Treatment Progress Toolbox. You will find helpful charts that can be printed out and used these purposes.