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Can Excessive Diphenhydramine Actually Make You Itchy
Yes: I have had several patients who had become allergic to Diphenhydramine after using it on the skin for poison ivy or other ailments, so yes, although rare, any previous use of Diphenhydramine can cause an allergic reaction to it, such as itching at first, then rash. This is a concern and must be documented because it is one of our go-to medicines for allergies. ...Read more
Unlikely but: Anything is possible. If you are already itching all over and try to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to control the itching, then the intense itching may just be progressing whether you take the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or not. Try other antihistamine to see if they cause or relieve your itching. It has been suggested that the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) when applied topically may lead to allergic sensitization to the drug. ...Read more
Might need steroids: But that would require a prescription. Try an moisturizer or topical steroid, over the counter, especially if the itch is in one spot (not near eyes, though). Consider yeast infection, contact allergies (metals, cosmetics, lip balm, poison ivy), bites, eczema, dry skin and many other causes. ...Read more
I just took 10 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in pill form. Now I am itchy and tingly all over. This is the second time this has happened.?
Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on top of Ambien 10mg. I'm Having an allergeric reaction to something. Need some relief. So itchy.
Yes: You can take both together without any dangerous interactions. However, you may be more sedated than usual in the morning. ...Read more
Dermatitis: Maybe it is hives, which is why the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped. I would suggest trying an otc non-sedating antihistamine and switching the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to bedtime because of the drowsy effects. You might also best be served to see an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more
Spots coving body for 2 weeks. Itchy but Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does nothing. Getting worse family Dr says from stress I think not. Nothing helps. 27 years old.
I have been sick, last night I snorted a allergy capsule like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and today I have red itchy splotches. What else can I do?
Go to see physician: You better get checked out. That can be caused by any number of conditions. And it is wise to not snort the contents of any capsules. ...Read more
Hi, my clitoris is itchy and has like a red patch on it. It doesn't hurt and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has stopped the itching but I wanted some medical advice.?
Itchy clitoris: You may have an infection. Best to be checked by your physician and tests taken if necessary. ...Read more
How long schould I keep giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a 7mth old baby? After having allergy reaction itchy rush is still visible but the itch seems to be gone.
Can I inject Benadryl (diphenhydramine) into bug bites? I mean, when they get really itchy, sometimes putting it on the skin doesn't help enough.
No, not for problem: Injection of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is used only for general reactions, not for local reactions such as insect bites. If you develop an anaphylaxis to wasp, honey-bees, or fire-ants, with history of previous systemic reactions affecting the whole body, then it will be indicated. Insect repellents are the best way to go. For local reactions, cortisone creams have helped many patients. ...Read more
I have an allergic reaction to latex condoms. I already took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last night. It feels better but still is slightly itchy. Should I take it again?
Yes: The most important thing to watch for is trouble breathing -- if this develops seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more
I've broke out in what looks like hives, my entire body is red, warm, and itchy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not working is there anything else OTC that will work?
Should I use epipen if I have a latex reaction and I have a rashoncontact and itchiness around lips and face? Or start with Benadryl (diphenhydramine).what requires epi?
To treat non anaphylactic allergic reactions faster (hives and itchiness) would it be better to go with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) IM or Atarax IM?
IM of either: But the difference may be merely 30 minutes. ...Read more
Itchy all over! No rashes or bites, no new soaps or products. Skin looks normal, no flaking or dryness. Not helped by benadryl (diphenhydramine). What can I do?
I have one ankle that's puffy and itchy. Seems there is a slight rash. I elevated and took benadryl, (diphenhydramine) in case it was from a bite. What could it be?
Could be several: Things. Allergic reaction, like a bite or even a food or medication could cause this. More serious concern would be infection of tissue in area, called cellulitis, or thrombophlebitis (inflammation in blood vessels). Could try a cool compress for swelling and itching, but if worsens, I'd recommend seeing a doc. ...Read more
One of my toes has been extremely itchy, swollen and hurts when I try to bend. Tried Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti itch and few others. Not a bug bite, what is it?
Extremely itchy bumps on areas I put Johnsons babyoil. Tkin Allegra in day, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. Wht else can I do to relieve itchin? How lng will it last?
Can you take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you took Reactine about 12 hours ago, but eyes are really itchy now?
I color my hair and get an itchy scalp after coloring. How can I prevent this before coloring? Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help?
Hair dye: I suggest you don't do this anymore until you find the ingredient that you are allergic to, the more you apply it, the worse the reaction and you may scar your scalp and lose hair. See a dermatologist or allergist for a patch test. ...Read more
Bug bite some sort my leg to get red itchy and is swelling. I have taken Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and cold compresses how long before swelling goes down?
Real exreme itchy skin! Tried moisturizer, but the only thing that makes it stop is benadryl (diphenhydramine). Had this at a young age and went away. Wake up itchy.
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
I recently made contact with bedbugs and am suddenly suffering from extreamly itchy skin. I started taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but the itch is still bothersome.
Bed bugs: You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. Blistering is usually a sign of hypersensitivity. Signs of secondary infection may include: ^ swelling, ^ redness, ^ warmth, ^ tenderness, pus-like discharge or red streaking. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation & treatment. ...Read more
7 days ago itchy body scalp to ankles eves & nite, red bumpy patches near my wrists. Wakes me up. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. Back again the next eve /nite. Why?
Many: There are many potential causes for itchy bumps but if benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps, you may continue with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night and a non-sedating antihistamine during the day. If the problem worsens or persists beyond 6 weeks, see an allergist or dermatologist. My initial take is that you are either having a viral infection or a drug reaction. ...Read more
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