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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help relieve itching from dyshidriotic excema - it itches so bad, right in between my fingers :p?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help relieve itching from dyshidriotic excema - it itches so bad, right in between my fingers :p?

NO!!!!!: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill. It will make you sleepy. Even if you do not feel sleepy you are prone to accidents, same as alcohol. It will do nothing for your itch or your dermatitis. A potent steroid cream or gel will help you & is safe. Sometimes a few doses of oral steroid are useful, such as Prednisone 20mg alternate days for 3-5 doses. Usually it responds to clobetasol cream. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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


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Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Other antihistamines: You may try an antihistamine eye drop or take any other kind of antihistamine. They would not do harm to your babies (vs Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which may make you very drowsy and less able to take care of your kids). ...Read more

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I got the shingles shot on tuesday april30, today it hurt, warm to touch, red & itches. Should i worry? Took some benadryl (diphenhydramine).

I got the shingles shot on tuesday april30, today it hurt, warm to touch, red & itches. Should i worry? Took some benadryl (diphenhydramine).

Call your doctor: If it continues, it will need to be seen. This may be a reaction to the vaccine. Even if it resolves, it's a good idea to call the office where you received the shot. This would be considered an "adverse event". The cdc collects data on these events to monitor vaccine safety, and calculate the risks of side effects. ...Read more

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Why I breakout with welts on my forearm it itches too what can it be I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it goes away sometimes but what can it be it comes and goes?

Why I breakout with welts on my forearm it itches too what can it be I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it goes away sometimes but what can it be  it comes and goes?

Many causes: If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) controlled it, then it is not contact dermatitis in the true sense. If the hives are confined to the forearms, then it may be from something you are using on your forearm especially when they don't involve the other exposed areas of the body (which would have suggested a link to sun exposure). Consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Have a bruise on the back of my thigh for 2 wks it itches like crazy for 2 wks been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and itch cream not working I need suggestions plz?

Have a bruise on the back of my thigh for 2 wks it itches like crazy for 2 wks been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and itch cream not working I need suggestions plz?

See a dermatologist: Could be several things, mainly infection needs to be ruled out, cannot suuggest online, history and physical examination by a dermatologist or your doctor first is needed, good luck ...Read more

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I have been itching on and off for the last 3 years. No bruises or hives unless I scratch, sometimes the bottom of my feet itches. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) not worki?

I have been itching on and off for the last 3 years. No bruises or hives unless I scratch,  sometimes the bottom of my feet itches. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) not worki?

Dry Skin: Generalized itching without primary skin rash most commonly caused by dry skin. Most severe during the winter months and in older people, characterized by itching in areas of dry, scaly skin. Lab work can check if there is an underlying cause: CBC/diff, liver/renal function tests, and thyroid workup. Treat with daily moisturzation and better skin hygiene. Non-sedating antihistamines for itch. ...Read more

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How to get rid of vaginal itching,itches to the point I have little scraps,then when I urinate it burn the cuts,I tried vaginal cream,&Benadryl cream?

How to get rid of vaginal itching,itches to the point I have little scraps,then when I urinate it burn the cuts,I tried vaginal cream,&Benadryl cream?

See GYN: Many potential causes including contact allergy to vaginal cream , latex , or even semen. Yeast infection may occasionally cause itching as well. Need to get examined by a GYN> ...Read more

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I hav a rash on both arms and knees it itches like crazy! had it for a very long time was told cardboard mites but cnt find them I have tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) spray cream and pill and nothing helps!

I hav a rash on both arms and knees it itches like crazy! had it for a very long time was told cardboard mites but cnt find them I have tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) spray cream and pill and nothing helps!

Hard : Hard to tell without a clinical examination, but perhaps it is psoriasis or eczema? Read more about these conditions (and a classic picture on the arms, legs) and treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps a little! ...Read more

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Itching & hives for 3 wks. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & synthroid. Cut out sunscreen, nuts, soy, tomatoes, vitamins, switched laundry det. No relief. Now what?

Itching & hives for 3 wks. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & synthroid. Cut out sunscreen, nuts, soy, tomatoes, vitamins, switched laundry det. No relief. Now what?

Hives: Hives are an allergic reaction. There are many possible causes of hives-foods, medications, infections, inflammatory or autoimmune conditions. Did you start any new meds, supplements, foods, etc? Recent onset hives, if there is no apparent cause, are treated with antihistamines. Hives lasting > 6 weeks need a workup to look for causes. Please see your dermatologist right away for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have flea bites on my feet. Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch stick okay for the itching?

I have flea bites on my feet. Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch stick okay for the itching?

Yes: There are multiple over the coutner anti-itching creams and gels. Any of them should work. You can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) pills but they may make you sleepy. ...Read more

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Lortab itching symptoms, can I take benadryl?

Lortab itching symptoms, can I take benadryl?

Yes: I presume that you have stopped taking Lortab also. ...Read more

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I am itching from hydrocodone, can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching?

I am itching from hydrocodone, can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching?

Maybe an allergy: All opioids, of which hydrocodone is one, have itching as a known side effect. If you have itching without any rash or other symptoms, it may be just a side effect. If there is anything else happening as well, then an allergic reaction may be the culprit. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help some, but Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may create drowsiness. Contact your prescribing physician for advice. ...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?

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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Intense itching allergic reaction Benadryl (diphenhydramine) isn't helping?

Intense itching allergic reaction Benadryl (diphenhydramine) isn't helping?

Identify & medicate: With any allergic reaction, it's important to identify the trigger and avoid. Other antihistamines can be tried and these include claritin, clarinex, allegra, zyrtec and xyzal (levocetirizine). Under the direction of a physician, higher doses may be needed. If the reaction is severe, seek care, as oral steroids may be necessary. ...Read more

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Husband started itching with spots all over and the only thing that soothes the itching is a shower. He can't sleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is no help. What to do?

Husband started itching with spots all over and the only thing that soothes the itching is a shower. He can't sleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is no help. What to do?

See MD: Se your family md or allergist. Do it now. Though itching in itself is not life threatening, it may be the precursor for a more severe reaction. If it worsens or breathing problems arise go to er. ...Read more

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How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) do I give a toddler for the itching of mosquito bites? She is 28lbs.

How much Benadryl (diphenhydramine) do I give a toddler for the itching of mosquito bites? She is 28lbs.

ONE TEASPOONFUL: The standard dose is 1 teaspoonful of the 12.5mg/5 ml per 25 lb as often as every 6 hrs. ...Read more

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I have taken flagyl about 2 hours ago and within 10 minutes I have turned red all over and itching none stop I have taken 2 benadryl about 30 minutes ?

I have taken flagyl about 2 hours ago and within 10 minutes I have turned red all over and itching none stop I have taken 2 benadryl about 30 minutes ?

Allergic reaction: You should probably get this checked out 'officially' -so I would call the doctor who prescribed the antibiotics or, go to the nearest Urgent Care center or Emergency Room. The main question is 'how bad' the allergic reaction is- if you have any breathing issues, throat swelling or swallowing trouble then that is an acute emergency and I would call 911. The EMTs have epinephrine which u might need ...Read more

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Uncontrollable itching, no rash, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for 3 days stop med this am and itch is back. What is it? How long take benadryl (diphenhydramine)? Feel miserable. Help!

Find cause: It is important to find the cause of itching. This may need a dermatologist to see you on consultation. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a temp relief medicine, it does not cure the problem. Make sure your skin is well moisturized as dry skin can be the cause especially with all the heating going on in the house during cold months. ...Read more

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Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & atarax together for itching, when taking percocet?

Sedation: No. All three are sedating in their on right the combination would be greater due to synergism. In other words we aren't merely adding a sedating effect we are multiplying it. ...Read more

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My entire body is extremely itchy as well as my nose. Is this allergies? I also took Benadryl and it only stopped my nose from itching and not my body

My entire body is extremely itchy as well as my nose. Is this allergies? I also took Benadryl and it only stopped my nose from itching and not my body

Most probably : Allergy to something, medicine/food, or spontaneous. Take more Benadryl, and better see your doctor or go to ER/Urgent care, let somebody drive you, you may not be able to drive after the Benadryl or if symptoms aren't improving, and don't stay alone till better, good luck ...Read more

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What is better to take the itching out of a mosquito bite, zyrtec or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Both will work, but i find that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does a better job of taking the edge off the itching. Only problem is the drowsiness it can cause (maybe that's why it works well!). ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

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


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more