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Alternative to Benadryl?

So here's the deal. I have a mild non-itchy rash which is non-life threatening, the cause has been discovered (it was foreign fruity candy from a Halloween party) and eliminated, but I would like it to go away faster if that's possible through natural means.

I've been working to flush my system of toxin by drinking more water, but it's slow going. My friend told me to pop a Benadryl, but Benadryl gives me hives, so I'm looking for something natural to help cleanse the toxin from my body or at least make the rash go away.

I did some Googling and looked at the allergy/sensitivity tag, but most of what I was finding was long-term allergy advice instead of what do you do after the fact advice. Any help is appreciated :D Thank you for your time.

I'll state upfront that I am allergic to soy in all forms.

EDIT: Thought I should add Calamine also gives me hives.


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Oct. 17th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
I have taken the Vitamin C / Quecretin combo to get rid of mild forms of rashes / allergies. Sometimes it takes a few days, sometimes the combo has been immediate. I find with my semi-seasonal allergies they go away within hours...

Quecretin and Vitamin C 250mg x 3 times per day.
I have bumped up to 500mg on occasion.

That might help.
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
What's Quecertin? Where would I get it?
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
it is the extract of plant bioflavins.. i think. you can find it at most health food / vitamin stores for about $15 per bottle
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
O_O Yikes. I think I'll stick to just vitamin C and see how that does since I know I can take Vitamin C pills just fine.
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Oct. 17th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Vitamin C helps me deal with one of my allergies. I'd much rather take 500mg of Vitamin C every four hours or so than take Benedryl.
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's good. I'd rather stick to something I know (vitamin C) than putting it with something I don't know and could cause more problems.
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Are you allergic to diphenhydramine, or to the red dye/fillers in most Benadryl, first of all?

You could take a milder daily-use-type antihistamine like loratidine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec/Reactine), which would probably help.
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
No one is really sure. I have opposite reactions to a lot of things - Tylenol makes my pain worse, caffeine makes me sleepy, tranquilizers keep me up all night, so I've been told that maybe I should avoid anti-histamine just in case that's what I'm reacting to since I do have a prescient for opposite reactions and the hives weren't very mild.
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Prescience, although I wouldn't actually use the noun in this way. Prescient is an adjective; you could "have a prescient" in ancient Greek, idiomatically, but it wouldn't mean you were entertaining a suspicion or that you possessed foreknowledge (because it's an idiom), but it doesn't work that way in English. :)

Staying away from antihistamines altogether is probably a good idea, then. But basically, the natural alternative to antihistamines for allergic reactions is basically suffering and waiting it out.

What you in particular want to avoid is anything that will boost your immune response, since allergies are an immune response.
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
When I right clicked on spell check I must have clicked the wrong word.

Someone else mentioned calamine lotion and I remembered it gives me hives, so it's probably the anti-histamine.
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Calamine isn't an antihistamine, it's merely zinc oxide and a little bit of iron oxide that works as a mild anti-itch agent. Being allergic to diphenhydramine (which definitely happens, although it's usually the red dye or the fillers) is not a predictor for being allergic to calamine in any way, since not only are they not even remotely the same substance, they don't do the same thing.
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, all right :D I just know I got the same reaction from both.
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
have you tried topical things to dry it out like calamine? Does a topical anti itch creme give you hives or only the ingestiable kind?
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm allergic to calamine. It also gives me hives. I can't do cortisone either because it makes me nauseated and gives me a high grade fever.

I didn't think to mention them since the rash isn't itchy sorry XD
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain (literally). I'm allergic to cortizone and calamine as well, except in my case I get eczema breakouts and it's due to the parabens that each contain. :/
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'd stick with the water. It doesn't sound like most of the usual tracks will work for you, and if it's not causing you any physical discomfort, letting it run its course is probably the easiest.

That being said, I know that when I get eczema outbreaks, keeping it hydrated from both the inside and outside can be helpful, so I make sure to moisturize. I have no clue if that would be helpful for you, or just irritate it further, but it's an idea?
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about maybe at least cold water on the skin to keep it from getting too overheated. I went to the mall with Mom yesterday because there was a shoe special at the monster feet store but all I did was get overheated because there were too many people ahead of us.

I'm just tired of people asking me about it or acting like I'm going to give it to them.
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what happens to me! If I get overheated or overexcited or I breathe wrong, I break into hives. If I've done my google research correctly, I produce too much histamine--I'm essentially allergic to myself. Vitamin C works wonders and as I understand, you can't overdose because you pee out what you don't need. Lukewarm showers either help or make me think they help, if that's ever an option.
Oct. 17th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
XD Well these aren't hives, the heat just exasturbates the problem that Hi-Chew started.
Oct. 18th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I always feel awkward shaking hands when I have an eczema outbreak because people look at me like I have the plague. :\ I wish you luck.
Oct. 18th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I started taking some vitamin C (one pill per day) and it seems to be helping vaguely too :D
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
benadryl antihistamine is called dyphenhyramine.

the otc antihistamine i take is a generic called chlorpheniramine

Examples of antihistamines:
* Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
* Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
* Loratadine (Claritin)
* Desloratadine (Clarinex)
* Fexofenadine (Allegra)
* Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
* Doxylamine (Unisom, OTC sedative)
* Clemastine (Tavist)
* Olopatadine (Patanol - eye drops)
* Pheniramine (Avil)
* Ebastine (Kestine)
* Promethazine (Phenergen)
* Levocetirizine (Xyzal)
* Quetiapine (Seroquel - antipsychotic)
* Meclizine (Bonine - antiemetic)
* Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine - antiemetic)
* embramine
* dimethindene (Fenistil)
* dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine)
* Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid)
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
i use vitamin c for many allergic reactions (if you're in a big hurry, you could go to bowel tolerance, but less will help as well), plus liver support. i like milk thistle seed and dandelion for liver support. for the dandelion both root and greens are helpful (assuming you tolerate them, of course).

i also find ground turmeric (a spoonful in a small glass of warm water) helpful; it's antiinflammatory.

for topical relief, if you tolerate oats, you can put some oats in a sock/stocking/piece of fabric, wet the bundle in warm water, and apply the goo that oozes out of the fabric to the rash. or put the sock/etc in tub of warm water and soak (not hot water, and not cold. just barely above luke warm).
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Be careful with turmeric. It's actually a fairly common allergy.
Oct. 17th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
use a salve that contains plantain, comfrey and/or calendula. salves are very simple, usually containing locally sourced plants and produced on a relatively small-scale.

witch hazel can help reduce redness/irritation. or zinc oxide in lieu of calamine.

nettles are great for allergic reactions. homeopath combos containing urtica urens are good too.

vit C alone is ok, but more effective if paired with quercetin as mentioned, which is a plant flavonoid that has anti-inflammatory properties. commonly used for a variety of allergies.
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