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hi, i'm having a spreading swollen reaction to what is probably a bed bug bite(s). cannot get benadryl, (diphenhydramine) will phenylephrine work to help control it?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
No: Phenylepherine is a decongestant not an antihistaminic, so it won't control itching or 'allergic reaction'. If you can't get benadryl (diphenhydramine) for whatever reason right now, try having a shower and apply cold compresses till you see a doctor, good luck

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