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How Severe is Your Excessive Sweating Condition
You may have asked yourself just how severe your excessive sweating condition is. Or how to describe or rate the severity of your condition. A scale has been developed to help determine or quantify the level of severity of one's perspiration condition. This scale is based on the effect of the hyperhidrosis condition on the ability to carry out daily activities.
Examine the following chart to determine the statement that best describes your condition. Note the score that correlates to the chosen statement.
A score of 1 or 2 indicates your condition is mild or moderate. If the statement that best describes your condition relates to a score of 3 or 4, this indicates that your profuse sweating condition is severe.
Regardless of score, treatment should start with topical options such as DryDerm. Having said this, individuals with scores of 3 and 4 may require a high strength formulation (e.g. DryDerm 30 for the axillary or underarm region) or a combination of different therapies.
Unfortunately there is no 'cookie cutter' solution when it comes to choosing or recommending a therapy. For example, two individuals that have a score of 3 for their underarm perspiration may respond differently to therapy. One person could have successful results with a 20% strength formulation while the other individual only responds to the 30% strength.
For more information, consult the DryDerm formulations and how- to-use sections of the website. Make sure you visit the Hyperhidrosis Treatment Progress Toolbox for charts to help you track your progress while treating with DryDerm. The charts will also assist you in determining if you need to use a higher strength formulation.
Sweat Stain Size (underarms)**
Although a little elementary or primitive, the size of someone's sweat stains can provide a basis for determining condition severity. Stains having a diameter of less than 5 cm/2 in. is considered normal. Stains with diameters between 5 to 10 cm (2-4 in.) indicate a mild condition. Similarly, diameters between 10 to 20 cm (4-8 in.) is associated with a moderate condition. If the condition is severe, sweat stains greater than 20 cm (8 in.) are typical. Keep in mind that this method is more accurate over several sweat stain size readings. One isolated reading or measurement on any given day may be misleading.
*Adapted from Dermatol Surg 2007:33:908-23. **Pharmacy Times Continuing Education: https://secure.pharmacytimes.com/lessons/200602-01.asp