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Ringing in both ears with fluid will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help?

Ringing in both ears with fluid will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help?

Probably not: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine that crosses the blood brain barrier and causes drowsiness. Ringing in the ears will not be helped by an anti-histamine or any other drug. If you truly have middle ear fluid, the medical or surgical alleviation of the fluid might resolve the ringing. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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I have fluid built up in my right ear. I was told that I could take Claritin, but I have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on hand. Can I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) instead?

I have fluid built up in my right ear. I was told that I could take Claritin, but I have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on hand. Can I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) instead?

Yes: If effective, you might find it wears off quickly (3-4 hours) and might be more sedating than Claritin. If this is eustachian tube dysfunction and you decide to pick up Claritin, I recommend a trial of nasal Afrin, but don't use it for more than 3 nights in a row (dependence develops). Let your doctor know what works. ...Read more

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Can I put Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream in my ear?

Can I put Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream in my ear?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): There is no clinical reason why you could not apply Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream in the ear canal. This of course is if you are not sensitive or allergic to the preparation. ...Read more

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I'm unable to get earwax out of ear. Benadryl doesn't do anything. What medicine will work?

I'm unable to get earwax out of ear. Benadryl doesn't do anything. What medicine will work?

Dr. Can look in ears: Some people have the type of ear wax that builds up, while others do not. Some people "clean" their ears but unintentionally are pushing their wax further upstream. Wax is oily and more liquid in some people (and doesn't form a big lump), but wax is dry and hard in other people (forming a lump)... these qualities are genetic. Debrox drops, used on one or two days each month, can prevent build-up. ...Read more

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Hi, Can sun burn cause body parts to be swollen? I think my son got a sun burn and it caused one of his ears to be swollen. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) did not help.

Hi, Can sun burn cause body parts to be swollen? I think my son got a sun burn and it caused one of his ears to be swollen. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) did not help.

Absolutley: Certainly burned areas of your body can swell. The cells are damaged and then leak fluid causing the swelling. Benadryl won't help because it's not an allergic reaction. It's trauma/damage to the skin cells and an anti-histamine won't help that. Keep cool compresses on affected areas, give Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain, have him drink lots of fluids. Next time prevention is key with repeated use of sun screen. ...Read more

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Inside mu ear is swollen an painful. I also have earwax draining from it. I can't see my dr for a while, will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin help?

Inside mu ear is swollen an painful. I also have earwax draining from it. I can't see my dr for a while, will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin help?

Probably not...: It sounds like you have an external ear infection, or otitis externa...It is unlikely that this is just an allergic reaction for which antihistamines would work for. I would see a doctor without delay. In some cases, a local infection near or in the ear can spread rapidly. ...Read more

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Interm Swollen left tonsil. Ear pressure interm large subman node. Goes up and dwn during day. No other sx. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. Haps few x's/yr. Ideas?

Interm Swollen left tonsil. Ear pressure interm large subman node. Goes up and dwn during day. No other sx. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. Haps few x's/yr. Ideas?

Tonsillitis: Sounds like a chronic inflammation of the tonsil that leeds to infection in the surrounding tissues. May need to have tonsils taken out if it is a recurrent problem. Lymph node may need to be biopsied if it is significantly enlarged and not regressing. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Dramamine together, I have seasonal allergies but I am also suffering with a slight inner ear issue that's making me nauseous?

SAME DRUG: BENADRYL (diphenhydramine) AND DRAMAMINE CONTAINE THE SAME ANTIHISTAMINE. IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO TAKE TOO MUCH OF THE DRUG AS THEY ARE ANTICHOLINERGICS AND HAVE SIDE EFFECTS (DRY MOUTH, URINARY RETENTION AND ACUTE ANGLE CLOSURE GLAUCOMA CAN OCCUR). IF YOU ARE HAVING INNER EAR PROBLEMS ASK YOUR DOC WHETHER YOU;D BE BETTER OFF WITH MECLIZINE. ...Read more

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Ever since I dyed my hair 3 weeks ago my ears and neck have been itching very severely. I 've taken benadryl, (diphenhydramine) put cortisone cream and etc. So itchy!

Ever since I dyed my hair 3 weeks ago my ears and neck have been itching very severely. I 've taken benadryl, (diphenhydramine) put cortisone cream and etc. So itchy!

Contact allergy: It is possible that you are having a contact allergy reaction to the hair dye (mostly black dye). You may need a stronger cortisone cream or spray than those available otc. See a doctor to get one. In the meanwhile, use to cortisone cream 4 x daily and try itchx anti-itch spray otc. ...Read more

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I have constipation, ringing in my ears and chills. I'm on benadryl, (diphenhydramine) avapro and doxycyline. Any connections? If not, what is causing the symptoms?

I have constipation, ringing in my ears and chills. I'm on benadryl, (diphenhydramine) avapro and doxycyline. Any connections? If not, what is causing the symptoms?

Go see your doc: Who ever prescribed your antibiotic (doxycycline) should be aware of your concerns. Perhaps your chills are a result of your infection. Depending upon how long you've been taking your antibiotics, your chills should be improving. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has classic anticholinergic properties which means it can cause constipation, urinary retention, dry mouth & dry eyes. Best to go see your doc. ...Read more

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I've tried Benadryl, Sudafed and Flonase for thumping in my ear. It's only helped me a little bit. Is there anything else I can do stop the thumping?

Well: First of all to fix the issue you have to find the causevofvtge issue. Your remedies have not worked so time to see the doctor for an exam first. ...Read more

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I read that 5 htp helps with bruxism. True? Safe? Would facial massage help. Jaw and ear pain. Only thing that helps is nightly benadryl (diphenhydramine).

I read that 5 htp helps with bruxism. True? Safe? Would facial massage help. Jaw and ear pain. Only thing that helps is nightly benadryl (diphenhydramine).

Maybe: Sleep bruxism is a parafunctional activity that occurs in nearly all people. It is simply night-time clenching or grinding of the teeth. Htp increases seratonin. Bruxism can cause significant damage to the teeth and tmj. It can be reponsible for tension type headache pain. It is best managed with a devised called a nti which suppresses elevating muscle activity by 70 percent when worn during sleep. ...Read more

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I have extreme congestion in my sinuses and my ear is plugged. I can barely breathe through my nose at all. I took 1 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 30 min ago can I also take NyQuil?

I have extreme congestion in my sinuses and my ear is plugged. I can barely breathe through my nose at all. I took 1 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 30 min ago can I also take NyQuil?

Which Nyquil?: They all contain antihistamines as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) just be cautious and read the labels carefully, better to have a preparation that relieves congestion. Antihistamines might cause drowsiness, so be careful not to drive or operate machinery, and don't exceed recommended dosage, wish you wellness, ...Read more

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13 mo old Nighttime cough for 3 weeks, Benadryl, humidifier, 70-72 room temp NOT working. No ear infection, lungs are clear. What is the next step?

13 mo old Nighttime cough for 3 weeks, Benadryl, humidifier, 70-72 room temp NOT working. No ear infection, lungs are clear. What is the next step?

Pediatrician: Assessment is needed, this can very well be reactive airways disease leading to night time cough, or maybe an upper respiratory infection to start with, so he will need prescription medications after evaluation. Kindly avoid Benadryl at this age, unless prescribed, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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3.5 yr son stung by bee 4x behind his ear. Mild swelling of sting site. Gave Benadryl (diphenhydramine). 2 hrs later red swollen line runs down middle of his forehead?

3.5 yr son stung by bee 4x behind his ear. Mild swelling of sting site. Gave Benadryl (diphenhydramine). 2 hrs later red swollen line runs down middle of his forehead?

Hypersensivity: Your son is likely having a hypersensitivity or "allergic" reaction. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an appropriate medicine to give. Sometimes, bee stings can result in anaphlyaxis, which manifests as shortness of breath or wheezing shortly after the sting. See a healthcare provider if any your sons symptoms increase in intensity. ...Read more

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Mom last night had hives all over head, itchy sore scalp, red & painful ears. Had to use ice packs & Benadryl. What could it be & what should she do?

Mom last night had hives all over head, itchy sore scalp, red & painful ears. Had to use ice packs & Benadryl. What could it be & what should she do?

See Doc: If the area is painful and itchy involving only half of the head area, this is likely shingles. Consult your doctor immediately since timely dosing with anti-viral medication may shorten the duration and severity of the disease. ...Read more

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1 yr old can he have amoxicillian tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl for ear infection fever and sinuses?

Yes: I don't think the benadryl would provide any benefit but all three can be used in this condition. Antihistamines like benadryl can thicken the middle ear mucus and slow how fast the fluid disappears from that space. Not much difference in the long run if the kid needs it for another problem like allergies. ...Read more

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14 mnth baby - rash, hives, some swelling after amoxicillin. Gave 2 doses prednisone at night, & benadryl (diphenhydramine). Today, swelling in feet, ear, eye. Normal?

14 mnth baby - rash, hives, some swelling after amoxicillin. Gave 2 doses prednisone at night, & benadryl (diphenhydramine). Today, swelling in feet, ear, eye. Normal?

Ear infection?: Most toddlers ear and upper respiratory infections are viral, and will resolve on their own by treating the symptoms-humidifier, saline spray...Vs having to deal with the side effects of an antibiotic allergy. Especially when the abx don't help at all. After two doses of pred and benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and there is still swelling. Back to the doc with you! Might need to go to allergist after this is all over. ...Read more

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I have a skin colored rash on my neck, behind my ears and on my face. It does not itch. I have tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and hydrocortisone cream. Neither helped?

I have a skin colored rash on my neck, behind my ears and on my face. It does not itch. I have tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and hydrocortisone cream. Neither helped?

See a Dermatologist: It is really impossible to say what this rash may be without a more detailed history and exam. I suggest you make an appointment with a Dermatologist to have this evaluated properly. ...Read more

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IItchy, red rash on legs caused by spandex/polyester leggings. Treating w/ Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & hydrocortisone cream, but rash is spreading to arms and ears..

IItchy, red rash on legs caused by spandex/polyester leggings. Treating w/ Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & hydrocortisone cream, but rash is spreading to arms and ears..

Take oral benadryl (diphenhydramine): Don't use the topical benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Take oral benadryl (diphenhydramine). 50mg is usually ok but it will make you sleepy. See your doctor tomorrow if you can if rash is still bothering you. Cool shower should help with the itch. It is obvious you have a bad allergic reaction. Go to ER if you develop throat tightening, short of breath, wheezing, or other concerning symptoms other than rash ...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

Benadryl (Definition)

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