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Posted on: Sat, 07/24/1999 - 11:34am
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Hi, I pulled out my pharmacology book and looked up the info on benadryl, claritin, and zyrtec:
-Benadryl(orally) [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]nset 15-45 min; peak 1-4 hrs; duration 4-8 hrs.
-zyrtec [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]nset 15-60 min; peak 1 hr; duration unknown.
-claritin: onset 30 min; peak 4-6 hr; duration > 24 hours.
We have been told to reserve epi pen only for any signs of respiratory distress; such as swollen tongue, shortness of breath, cough, gaging, and scratching the throat/neck.
I am a nurse practitioner and have worked with many physicians. Depending on their training background and personal experiences, each physician will give different answers to the same situation.

Posted on: Thu, 08/12/1999 - 2:52am
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HI PA friends,
I am brand new to this site and this allergy. I have been searching for answers since my 19 month old son was diagnosed as highly allergic to peanuts. What a scary allergy and my heart goes out to all of us!!
I can finally add something of value for my new friends. My son, Christopher, has had known skin sensitivities to milk, eggs, wheat, rye, strawberries, and tomatoes other things since 3 months. When he eats these items, his excema flares up.
The good news is that some infants grow out of excema. If your children are already allergic to peanuts (which you have eliminated) and they are still scratching away at their itchy skin then there is probably a chance that they are still having other food allergies/sensitivities that may be flaring the excema. You might want to more tests done.
In order to keep your children comfortable, I advise finding those additional allergens. Also, use Aquafore or Eucerin on a daily basis or even twice a day. YOu can buy Eucerin by the tub at Costco or Sams club but my allergists suggested Aquafore as the best creme. Keep them protected from the sun and sweating in these summer months.
Regarding Elocon. It does wonders but it can thin the skin. It is a very strong stearoid cream that I use only in extreme cases. (Usually when Christopher has had some milk or wheat product.) Mother's with young children should go very sparingly with the Elocon. I never have to give my allergy son benedryl unless he eats PEANUTS and you really shouldn't have to either unless your child has a terrible case.
My son's skin is now beautiful since I have finally decided to stop letting him eat pizza with cheese.
Stay safe and I hope this works for the excema. LoriD

Posted on: Thu, 08/12/1999 - 3:57am
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I have a PA (among other food allergies), and when I feel mild allergic symptoms coming on, I take Benadryl, and maintain with Reactine (an antihistamine pill available in Canada, and I would assume, the U.S.). I find the Reactine somewhat sedating, but less so than the Benadryl.
Of course, on the rare occasion that my reaction is severe, Epipen comes first, dialing 911, then Benadryl. [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/2004 - 8:43pm
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What about pirition????
we used that when i had my first severe reaction (We were lucky ! it was EXTREMLY SEVERE but mum didn't no what was going on! we were about to dial 999 but pirition stablised it! )LUCKY ESCAPE! (Now we no what was going on we would only use it for hives and the EPI (gulp! NEEDLE!) would be the first treatment for servere reactions!!

Posted on: Mon, 04/12/2004 - 1:00am
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