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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

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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Never took trymadol til yesterday when prescribed wake up itching I got some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is itching allergic reaction doctor said was k take still?

Never took trymadol til yesterday when prescribed wake up itching I got some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is itching allergic reaction doctor said was k take still?

Drug reaction: Itching could be considered a drug reaction. It may become worse the next time you take the medication. You may even get a rash. I csn't predict how your body is going to react. It does not make sense to use another drug, which may be sedating to counteract the side effect of another drug. Ask your doctor to switch you to something else or use OTC Meds if you can control your pain. ...Read more

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I started itching and have hives, took a allegra at 3:30 am, applied Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ant-itch cream this morning. Noticed hives now can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet?

I started itching and have hives, took a allegra at 3:30 am, applied Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ant-itch cream this morning. Noticed hives now can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet?

Yes, but...: The Allegra (fexofenadine) is a long acting, non-sedating anti-histimine. If the itching hasn't been controlled, it is ok to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is a short acting and sedating anti-histimine- so be aware of the potential for drowsiness.....Limit the Benadryl to one or two tablets per day, if continuing the allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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Can I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itch, swelling?

Can I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itch, swelling?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Yes, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is safe to give infants and children for allergic reactions, itching and swelling. The latter can also respond to cold compresses if there is no pain or tenderness involved. ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti itch cream make you drowsy?

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti itch cream make you drowsy?

No it does not: No there is not enough absorption to make you drowsy unless used in very large body surface area. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Fungal?: When an area gets itchy and swollen plus some pain, there are many potential causes but I think a fungal infection is the most likely cause. However it may be a mixed bacterial and fungal infection as well. See doctor. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction (bugbite) and was given steroids and zyrtec. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itch before bed if I take both of those in the morning?

I had an allergic reaction (bugbite) and was given steroids and zyrtec. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itch before bed if I take both of those in the morning?

Yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is one of the best anti-itch antihistamines, and can be taken together with zyrtec and steroids. The only caution is that as you take more antihistamine, there is an increased likelihood of drowsiness. This obviously isn't a problem at bedtime, and will help you sleep through the itchiness, but be very careful about taking extra antihistamines if you'll be driving or operating machinery. ...Read more

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I'm trying to get rid of a rash. I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (for itch), tea tree oil, and baby powder. Is this okay?

I'm trying to get rid of a rash. I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (for itch), tea tree oil, and baby powder. Is this okay?

May need local stero: If the rash is due to allergy and is itchy, you can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but you may need some mild steroid cream for local application. Check it with your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a 13 wk old baby & she has some rashes on her legs & she is starting to scratch herself. Is it okay to put on some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti-itch cream?

I have a 13 wk old baby & she has some rashes on her legs & she is starting to scratch herself. Is it okay to put on some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti-itch cream?

Rash infant: No I would not use the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream as it can be absorbed by the baby 's skin. I would suggest using a fragrant free and perfume free lotion daily for what may be eczema. If no help get her examined. ...Read more

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My 3.5 yr old got small bumps on her arms & legs she's not complaining or scratching I gave her Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti itch cream its been 2 days what is it?

My 3.5 yr old got small bumps on her arms & legs she's not complaining or scratching I gave her Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti itch cream its been 2 days what is it?

Try moisturizer: The bumps may be from dry skin and I would suggest that you apply moisturizer on her skin immediately after bathing on a regular basis. If the bumps are not bothersome and go away after a couple of weeks, just let it be. If they get worse or lasting more than a few weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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I think I'm having a contact dermatitis reaction from a new lotion? Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching on my arms and will it help make it go away

I think I'm having a contact dermatitis reaction from a new lotion? Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching on my arms and will it help make it go away

Cortisone creams: While Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might provide some anti- itch relief, topical cortisone creams will often time give a better result. Of course, discontinuing the lotion is an important first step. ...Read more

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I have had extreme itching all over my body with no rash at all just scratch marks. I have been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and anti itch cream and doesn't help?

Pruritis: See your primary care physician for labwork and exam. There are conditions such as liver problems that can cause itching without a rash. Try claritin and zantac (ranitidine) together, if not allergic and no contraindications. See your doctor soon. It must be miserable. Try and stop the itch-scatch cycle by trimming fingernails and wearing socks or gloves at night. ...Read more

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Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream (extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream (extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Not sure what you are treating. The cream works best to relieve itchy insect bites. The pill is for more systemic allergies. You can use them together but I don't see what for. ...Read more

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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

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I have had extremely itch skin for 2 days with no rash just scratch marks. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and anti itch cream not helping?

I have had extremely itch skin for 2 days with no rash just scratch marks. Taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and anti itch cream not helping?

There are many cause: Of pruritus or itchy skin. Antihistamines need to be taken around the clock so try adding claritin D or allegra in am in addition to your benadryl (diphenhydramine) and topical steroid. If not improving see doctor for work up. Only 50% of time do we find the actual cause of pruritus. Keep a diary of food and topical skin care (including any new detergents or cleansers). most common cause of itchy skin is dry skin ...Read more

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

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

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)

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