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does benadryl help a cold

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Maybe (not) . . .: Hyland's is a brand of homeopathic remedies (http://www.Hylands.Com/products/adult), none of which exactly match name you mentioned, so it's trickier ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: If a baby has a runny nose or a stuffy nose, that can happen with a cold. Babies get colds, sometimes often. That makes it hard to call it "allergies" ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Meds: Yes no significant reaction.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Sudafed is a decongestant and benedryl is an anti-histamine.
A female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends on cause: If the cough is simply from a post-nasal drips, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help but if the cough is from something else such as asthma, sinus infe ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so ... Read More
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A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Maybe: If the tickle is from allergies Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will improve it.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Cold soothes the: burn by decreasing the inflammation of the skin and cooling the hot skin.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
No it can't: Sun exposure will produce vit. D, cause wrinkles and skin cancer. It will not help a cold. The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Usually not: Every individual person's definition of "high" is different, but I wouldn't say feeling sedated/tired is a "high" sensation. Occassionally there is a ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends: It depends on what your sensitivities are and the description of your symptoms. Allergies usually present not only with a runny nose but also itching, ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Low temperature: Cold temporarily reduces inflammation and cold temperature has minor "anesthetic" effect. But cold does not last long, so you will need to see your de ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: No, you shouldn't use steroids creams or ointments to treat infections (in this case, herpes infection). They can make the infection worse.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Quick answer: No. It relieves symptoms. Unfortuantely continued use or use in the wrong person (i.e. With high blood pressure) could cause lots of other problems.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Don't: These are antihistamines.. You do not need them. The cold symptoms will go away.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
May help if itching.: Keep sunburn cool w moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant ; apply sap to skin. Conside ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
May/not: The skin is the only part of our body supplied with active temperature sensors.Depending on the water temperature, a cold bath may tell the brain to t ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
A few days: In a few days if it works. (sometimes, not working at all).
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Meds for sore throat: I don't recommend Benadryl ( diphenhydramine) for a sore throat "not from allergies." Usually a sore throat is from a viral or bacterial infection, o ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
22 years experience Family Medicine
Mild relief: Cortaid (hydrocortisone)/hydrocorisone is a fairly weak topical steroid, and can help with milder itching and rashes caused by allergies, eczema and s ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Fritz
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Unlikely: The phenylephrine will likely still keep you awake unless you only took it in the morning.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No benifit: If someone were to believe in this concoction it may help them relax. However, it would have no direct effect on the mechanical triggers to an asthma ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
OTC meds: There are many over-the-counter medications that can help relieve cold symptoms. Be careful that decongestants don't increase your blood pressure. Cou ... Read More
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A 7-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Every 4 hrs: Up to every 4 hrs if needed. At age 7, the baby can likely tolerate 6 mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine). No problem with ear drops. However if th ... Read More
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