What is it?
Millions of people suffer from allergies, some throughout the year and others during pollination. Benadryl is an antihistamine that can be used to treat symptoms of hayfever, hives, and pet allergies. Benadryl works by blocking the effects of the histamines that cause allergies. It’s a fast acting antihistamine and positive effects can be felt with 15 minutes of administration.
Benadryl products are free of aspirin. There are no gluten-containing products used either. Keep in mind that Benadryl products should not be used after the expiry date on the packaging. Discard them after the expiry date and buy a new set.
How do I take Benadryl?
Most Benadryl products are for oral use, ingested. Oral products come in tablet and liquid form and help to temporarily relieve allergy symptoms. Some Benadryl products are for topical use and can be applied directly to the skin. These come in cream, gel, and spray forms. Two products containing diphenhydramine, which is contained in all Benadryl products, should not be taken at the same time.
To know the difference between oral and topical products, carefully read the packaging instructions and product descriptions before buying. It is important that you read labels carefully and follow directions for use so that you can be sure you are not drinking a product that is meant for topical use and vice versa.
Allergy symptoms that Benadryl helps to treat are:
- watery eyes
- skin irritation
- runny nose
- itching eyes/nose/throat
Before taking Benadryl...
- Carefully read product labels for instructions and advice on dosage.
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it. Benadryl contains active ingredients which may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
- Consult your healthcare provider before using Benadryl products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of taking Benadryl with medications or supplements you are already taking.