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staceyshoe 04-10-2009 12:53 PM

DS2 was diagnosed with multiple allergies last week. His primary symptoms are skin rash/itchiness and severe stomach pain. We've been very diligent to avoid even traces of allergens and have noticed a big difference. However, he's still reacting to something so we're not sure if maybe he's getting some allergens or if he also has food intolerances that we haven't yet identified.

ANYWAY, last night I gave him Benadryl for his stomach cramping. Within a couple of minutes, he stopped screaming and writhing and was asleep in less than 5 minutes. Was it the Benadryl that worked so fast?? If so, then it must have been an allergic reaction we were dealing with.

earthmama369 04-10-2009 01:43 PM

Benadryl kicks in really fast for my dd. I'd say within 5-10 minutes she's looking and feeling much better.

changingseasons 04-10-2009 01:46 PM

Yep- Benadryl knocks me out within 10 minutes or so.

staceyshoe 04-10-2009 10:53 PM

Thanks for the replies! I guess we must still need to eliminate some source of allergens. If Benadryl took a while to work, then I would know the stomach problem last night was a food intolerance. Figuring this stuff out is so much fun! I will be so happy to avoid whatever we need to avoid if we can just identify everything!

jimblejamble 04-11-2009 12:24 PM

Just popping in to say I've gone from sneeze-attacks so bad I practically had whiplash, to totally calm within a few minutes of taking Benadryl.

Lady TS 04-11-2009 09:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by JessicaRenee View Post
Just popping in to say I've gone from sneeze-attacks so bad I practically had whiplash, to totally calm within a few minutes of taking Benadryl.
Same here.

littlemizflava 04-11-2009 09:58 PM

yep its amazing stuff even i take it (the childrens one) with in minutes

RoseAnn Warren 11-05-2014 04:49 AM

Hello. I read your blog. My daughter had the same issues . We found out it had gotten worse over tme. Clothes stared to itch,water actually burned her!! She has a very sensitive neuro disorder. She is now in Occupational Therapy. We even had an allergy test done . Nothing showed. This has to d with over stimulated nerves in the brain that goes through the childs body and over stimulates them. It can last for several hours. It is a horrible experience for both parent & especially the child. We get frustrated & that makes it worse. They also get severe anxiety from it as well. I hope this helps...

NancyMullins 11-25-2014 11:12 PM

If Benadryl is taken by mouth, then it need 15 to 60 minutes to work, When injected through a muscle, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to work, but if it is injected through vain it works immediately.

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Shakira Jane 05-15-2017 12:17 AM

If Benadryl is taken by mouth, then it needs 15 to 60 minutes to work, When injected into a muscle, it takes 20 to 30 minutes to work, but if it is injected through vain it works immediately.

But Before knowing how long does it take for Benadryl to work, we should be a correct judge of whether Benadryl is needed in a particular case. This can be done by knowing the symptoms of allergies.


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