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Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?

Would it be possible that a pregnant woman take benadryl/antihistamine to treat an allergic reaction or help allergy induced asthma?

Yes & No: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is considered safe in pregnancy & may be used to treat allergic conditions like allergic rhinitis or hives. Antihistamines like Benadryl are not effective for itching not associated with a rash. This can be due to pregnancy-related liver problems. Talk to your OB about that. Benadryl is also not effective for asthma. There are safe asthma drugs to use while pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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I want a cardiac CT scan but am scared of allergic reaction to the dye, I have mild asthma. Can i request Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or how can I get round this?

I want a cardiac CT scan but am scared of allergic reaction to the dye, I have mild asthma. Can i request Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or how can I get round this?

See answer: Talk to your dr. / radiologist about the appropriate pre- procedure allergic preparation. It usually involves pre-procedure oral steroids (if you are an asthmatic already on steroids this may be modified), possibly an oral antihistamine, and may be performed in a hospital center depending on the severity of your prior iodine sensitivity. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food have to take for allergic asthma?

Please suggest what food have to take for allergic asthma?

Many: There are numerous foods that an cause asthma attacks. If you log into the asthma pharmacist http://www.Theasthmapharmacist.Com/ and go the the "our blog" link, you will find some info on this subject. ...Read more

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How can I treat asthma and how can I prevent allergic asthma attacks?

How can I treat asthma and how can I prevent allergic asthma attacks?

See below: You can lower the risk of continued flares by avoiding the triggers that set off your asthma and allergies and using your maintenance medicines as directed. ...Read more

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Is corticosteroids (cortison) is the solution for allergic asthma patients?

Is corticosteroids (cortison) is the solution for allergic asthma patients?

Usually: Inhaled corticosteorids are the cornerstone to treat persistent asthma. Very liittle is absorbed into your body. It works locally in the lungs to reduce inflammation. Allergic reactions cause inflammation so to answer your question- yes. ...Read more

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How serious is asthma? I'm 27 and have had allergic asthma my whole life but never used albuterol unless near a cat etc... It's getting worse now...

How serious is asthma? I'm 27 and have had allergic asthma my whole life but never used albuterol unless near a cat etc... It's getting worse now...

Can be fatal: Reactive airway disease, of which asthma is a subtype, can be fatal. During an asthma attack, the 'air tubes' or bronchial passages, constrict. In severe cases they can fully close, causing suffocation. Avoiding your triggers (and cat dander is one of the worst) is very important, as is keeping an albuterol 'rescue' inhaler close at hand. ...Read more

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Can allergic asthma ever be totally cured?

Can allergic asthma ever be totally cured?

Not really: There is no cure for asthma. But triggers can often be properly addressed, thus minimizing asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm suffering from allergic asthma?

What to do if I'm suffering from allergic asthma?

Consult allergist: An allergist is uniquely trained to treat asthma. Allergen identification followed by allergen avoidance (where practical), medications and allergy injections are the main steps of treatment. There are many details that make a specialist visit worthwhile--lung function testing, detailed asthma action plan, review inhaler technique and more. Many treatments available! ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

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