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Will Benadryl Help Asthma
Benadryl is sedating: Claritin, zyrtec, allegra, or Benadryl can help with allergy and asthma symptoms caused by allergies to respiratory pollens or other airborne allergens. One should work with his doctor to see which combination of over-the-counter allergy meds and prescription asthma inhalers/pills work the best. A patient will learn over time, what medicines to add or increase, depending on how "bad" the air is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Benadryl is not a treatment for asthma. Depending on the severity of asthma, different medications can be used. Mostly, they are inhalers since it does not cause serious side effects when you take it for a long time. You should see an allergist or pulmonologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Children who have asthma may have symptoms during the night, the major one being a nighttime dry cough. Benadryl(diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine which helps with allergies and can cause sleepiness. In most cases, Benadryl will not hurt the asthma but will not fix the problem. Asthma symptoms in the night are usually signs of poor asthma control and warrant follow-up with your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take Claritin & sudafed daily to help w/allergies & asthma, but allergies &/or head cold are very bad now. What else can I add? Benadryl?
Use with caution: The antihistamine products like benedryl will thicken your mucous secretions which can be a problem for those on the margins with asthma. Asthma patients tend to have problems with excess secretions already & thickening them lakes it harder for them to be cleared from the airways. Benedryl can often be used during periods of good control, but i avoid it during flares. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dosage?: Are you sure about the dose of 200mg? Regardless, the use of antihistamines in asthma does have a place. Often an asthmatic's "trigger" is an allergy (animal dander, dust mites, etc). Benadryl is an excellent product but be mindful that it can make you sleepy. You may want to try a product like Claritin which mas a minimum of that kind of side effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can asthma develop with age, as in 27 years old and just now showing symptoms? And is Benadryl bad to take if showing symptoms of asthma?
Any age: Asthma can develop at any age. Most children who develop asthma will have symptoms before 3 years old. 20% of adult onset asthma will have an occupational trigger for their asthma. Old information suggested Benadryl and old antihistamines could worsen asthma. This is not the case, but the newer antihistamines such as claritin, zyrtec, and Allegra are effective and do have less side effects. ...Read more
I have really bad allergies & also asthmatic, I am wondering if it is safe to take Benadryl as my allergies are unbareable, will it affect my asthma?
Better to use Clarit: Benadryl or diphenylhydramine is a first generation antihistamine wich is quite sedating and has to be taken every 4to6 hours to be effective, while Claritin is long actong once a day, non sedating and can be taken with all other asthma meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have asthma, allergies and pnd. I believe Benadryl will curb my pnd, yet may harm asthma. Should I use it here and there at regular strength? Thank
Maybe maybe not: Often asthmatics do use antihistamines in cinjunctinwith their routine asthma meds. Discuss using a non-sedating antihistamine like Claritin with your phsyician. Have you tried nasal saline which does not affect your asthma and may reduce your pnd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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