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On june 6 husband had open inguinal hernia repair.woke up today with swollen itchy face,benadryl (diphenhydramine) didn't help.what do you think it is?

On june 6 husband had open inguinal hernia repair.woke up today with swollen itchy face,benadryl (diphenhydramine) didn't help.what do you think it is?

Not related: The rash is not likely to be related to the surgery. It can be drug or food allergy, drug either direct allergy or through photo sensitivity and sun burn. The critical question is if this mostly facial swelling and not rash. That will change significantly the differential diagnosis towards kidney versus vascular issues, among others. ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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Son had reaction to food. Throat tightness shortness of breath stomach cramps pale face. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped is he at risk of needing an epipen?

Son had reaction to food. Throat tightness shortness of breath stomach cramps pale face. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped is he at risk of needing an epipen?

Yes: Go to E.R. Now for further follow up if this happened recently. They will likely give you an rx for epi pen (epi pen jr if under age 12). He needs to be evaluated now in case the allergic reaction progresses. They will likely give him a corticosteroid as well, which will further decrease the likelihood of the reaction worsening. He will need further follow up with his doctor afterwards. ...Read more

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Can I put Benadryl cream on my face for itch?

Can I put Benadryl cream on my face for itch?

Possibly: Do you have a rash with itch? There are some topical/ cream products that contain benadryl that can be safely used on the face. Please read label of the medication first - to insure it is meant for facial use. ...Read more

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My skin has been itching every place but my face I have been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for three week what is wrong with me?

My skin has been itching every place but my face I have been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for three week what is wrong with me?

Dry skin or allergy: You probably have dry skin or sensitivity to soap or something you are putting on your face. See your doctor or dermatologist as there are some other less common but important possibilities as well. ...Read more

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My 1 and 1/2 year old has bug bite on his face andleg. We have been putting calimine on it but they still bother him. Can i give him benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

My 1 and 1/2 year old has bug bite on his face andleg.  We have been putting calimine on it but they still bother him.  Can i give him benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Try hydrocortisone: You may want to try some topical over the counter Hydrocortisone twice a day for just a few days and that should help the itch and reduce any swelling. Don't use it for longer than that especially on the face. ...Read more

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I was Dx with rhinitis I take fluticasone and benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helps some but still have problems especially in one side of face. Any meds I can add to mix?

I was Dx with rhinitis I take fluticasone and benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helps some but still have problems especially in one side of face. Any meds I can add to mix?

See an allergist : That combination of medications will control most mild to moderate allergies. People who are having symptoms despite that much medication should seek help from an allergist to get better control of their symptoms ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help swelling caused by bigen dye for the face? My face swole up because of it can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to reduce swelling or penicillin.

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help swelling caused by bigen dye for the face? My face swole up because of it can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to reduce swelling or penicillin.

ER or dermatologist: Please go to an ER or dermatologist. Severe reactions are reported due to the dyes and chemicals in bigen. This is not something that I can give advice for online. Someone needs to see your face, your scalp and acess the entire situation. Secondary staph infections have been reported as well. Please see someone immediately to get an accurate assessment of the condition and treatment. Best to you. ...Read more

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Does it really help to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) when you are having face flushing from a cortisone shot on the second day?Is that just a sensitivity reaction?

Does it really help to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) when you are having face flushing from a cortisone shot on the second day?Is that just a sensitivity reaction?

Won't help: Cortisone increases the blood flow to the face and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) won't help. The reaction is dose-dependent for each individual.- the higher the dose, the more the flushing. It just takes time (a few days perhaps). ...Read more

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My face has been hurting a lot for a while. i heard it could be an allergy to aleve, should i quit? didnt take any today, im taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) for aller

My face has been hurting a lot for a while. i heard it could be an allergy to aleve, should i quit? didnt take any today, im taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) for aller

Unlikely: It is unlikely that is could be due to Aleve (naproxen). You may have sinus pressure from allergies or a sinus infection. Other causes of facial pain could include Temporomandibular joint pain or trigeminal neuralgia. ...Read more

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I have a 10 month old and she seems to have broken out on her face and stomach and back and I was wondering if I can give her benadryl?

I have a 10 month old and she seems to have broken out on her face and stomach and back and I was wondering if I can give her benadryl?

Rash: Yes, but please follow the directions. You might be better served to use OTC cetirizine syrup since it lasts longer and doesn't have the side effects that can occur in the young with benadryl. If this persists, you should see your pediatrician. If nothing else, you should at least call them ...Read more

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Eyelids itched like crazy, head felt like it would explode. Scratched eyes, they puffed. Took 50mg benadryl, (diphenhydramine) it helped. What causes this?

Eyelids itched like crazy, head felt like it would explode. Scratched eyes, they puffed. Took 50mg benadryl, (diphenhydramine) it helped. What causes this?

Allergies: There are some good over the counter drops you could use initially- zaditor, (ketotifen) alloway. This will take care of the itching and may limit the swelling. ...Read more

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My face broke out, i woke up the next day lips were swollen, i took benadryl, (diphenhydramine) swelling went down but they still feel dry and warm its been a week?

My face broke out, i woke up the next day lips were swollen, i took benadryl, (diphenhydramine) swelling went down but they still feel dry and warm its been a week?

Swollen lips: responded to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) might have been a reaction to something you ate or applied to your lips, hopefully your tongue wasn't swollen too, and you didn't have difficult breathing, just observe, moisturize your lips, keep yourself hydrated, if the swelling recurs, please see your doctor, ...Read more

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Ingrown hair/side face 2 weeks. 2 day ago try to dig it out. Now extremely swollen red painful. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) topical sauve, peroxide. Cont this or see er?

Ingrown hair/side face 2 weeks. 2 day ago try to dig it out. Now extremely swollen red painful. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) topical sauve, peroxide. Cont this or see er?

Get help: This sounds like you may have created an infection in the area and a call to your doctor or perhaps a simple visit will save you an er trip. If it is extremely swollen and very painful may want to seek an urgent care or er to avoid cellulitis which is a very serious infection. ...Read more

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Breaking out in little hives on face, neck, &chest for weekn a half. What could it be? Itchy! i break out, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) n they go down, itch, then back.

Breaking out in little hives on face, neck, &chest for weekn a half. What could it be? Itchy! i break out, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) n they go down, itch, then back.

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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2 yo scattered hives and redness appear and reappear throughout day for 5 days now. only face and extremities. not severe enough for benadryl.

2 yo scattered hives and redness appear and reappear throughout day for 5 days now. only face and extremities. not severe enough for benadryl.

Mgt: The hives may indicate an allergic reaction. The cause should be identified. Are there any new foods or products? Is there a family history of allergies? A virtual inbox consult is available.
An antihistamine eg childrens Claritin, should be used to initially treat and you should see your PCP. ...Read more

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My fourmounth old got bug bit and diveloped a large dark red lump with a head onit. We took him to the doctor and he give him Benadryl,Prolone,Bactrim?

Infected bite: Infected bite is likely. Send us a photo if any concerns. Did you see a tick? Are you in a Lyme risk area? Consult with us to see if it is infected and get an Rx if needed. ...Read more

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11mo f c rash on upper body and face. Possible reaction from cephalexin. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) q 4-6hrs prn. She's still pretty uncomfortable. Suggestions?

11mo f c rash on upper body and face. Possible reaction from cephalexin. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) q 4-6hrs prn. She's still pretty uncomfortable. Suggestions?

It could be due...: ...To the antibiotic, or it could be secondary to the infection that the antibiotic is being used to treat. Or it could be something else entirely, such as a viral illness. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not going to do anything except make her drowsy. If she's uncomfortable, you should let your pediatrician or a dermatologist examine her at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Forearms,neck and face get red and warm to the touch, every day. Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to keep calm, but it came from nowhere, week 5, no known allergy, why?

Forearms,neck and face get red and warm to the touch, every day. Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to keep calm, but it came from nowhere, week 5, no known allergy, why?

Not allergy: These are not typical allergy symptoms. You need to consult an allergist to find out if you have a mast cell disorder since Benadryl (diphenhydramine) seems to help. ...Read more

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17 mo old w/ severe skeeter syndrome. Bites in the face and eye almost completely swollen shut.Dosed benadryl (diphenhydramine). Best course of action topical and oral?

17 mo old w/ severe skeeter syndrome. Bites in the face and eye almost completely swollen shut.Dosed benadryl (diphenhydramine). Best course of action topical and oral?

Oral: Oral benadryl (diphenhydramine) will be best here. For the bites, you can use topical hydrocortisone to help decrease the inflammation (although this will take awhile). Prevention will be the key here - using bug spray and avoiding be outside at dusk might be best. Also, look for signs of infection: if the swelling is warm, painful and very red, please call your doctor. ...Read more

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I was rx Levaquin & my face got a rash. I want to finish the Levaquin but hate the rash. I don't have benadryl (diphenhydramine) but I do have Claritin. Will that work?

I was rx Levaquin & my face got a rash. I want to finish the Levaquin but hate the rash. I don't have benadryl (diphenhydramine) but I do have Claritin.  Will that work?

Yes, and: Please stop the levaquin (levofloxacin) for now until you see your doctor, there is no reason you should continue given what happened, a doctor's evaluation is needed before you finish with the prescribed course, take the claritin, best wishes ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more