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Does Anyone Else Use Benadryl To Treat Reactions?


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#1 BRob66

 
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:12 PM

Recently i was using up to a bottle of benadryl every other day,until I went completely gluten free,,soy free,milk and dairy free and a host of other things. Is this normal and do we have to carry it with us at all times?
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:09 PM

Recently i was using up to a bottle of benadryl every other day,until I went completely gluten free,,soy free,milk and dairy free and a host of other things. Is this normal and do we have to carry it with us at all times?


Sorry, I don't quite get what one would take Benadryl for, in relation to Celiac. Benadryl is usually for cold like symptons, or nasal type allergies. Celiac symptoms are more commonly gastrointestinal in nature.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:24 AM

I think a lot of people with celiac/gluten intolerance have trouble with allergies. My theory is that the gluten stimulates the immune response, and then this already over stimulated immune system over-reacts to common allergens. I have no doubt Benedryl helps you to feel better overall. I know my Rx Zyrtec helps me survive. I hope someday to wean myself off of it, but for now I continue to take it.

And IMO celiac/gluten intolerance is far more than digestive troubles. And the benedryl might actually be helping your digestive systems. Everytime I go off my allergy meds for testing, I get gas and indigestion. Most people aren't aware, but acid/indigestion meds like Tagament and Zantacare a different type of antihistamine called an H-2 blocker. Doctors used to think the two types of histamines had different functions, H-1 for immune response, H-2 to regulate stomach acid production, but now they are learning they overlap. A common Rx for hives is a combo of Zyrtec and Zantac.
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In my heart I feel it is more than an allergy and that I am gluten intolerant. This is based on my how eerily my childhood maladies match most celiac's histories, and my more recent increase in the severity of my usual symptoms and new digestive symptoms that have already started to subside on the gluten-free diet.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 04:54 PM

Recently i was using up to a bottle of benadryl every other day,until I went completely gluten free,,soy free,milk and dairy free and a host of other things. Is this normal and do we have to carry it with us at all times?


While in CA last month I was glutened so badly at a restaurant in a fancy hotel that I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital. I asked the front dest if they had any benadryl and they practically threw it at me (perhaps trying to prevent a lawsuit). I usually keep a couple of 25 mg benadryls in my purse at all time. When I get glutened I take them and drink a 20 ounce coke. I have found that for ME, the benadryl, along with a chewable pepto if I have one, helps settle my stomach. And I get really lightheaded and have passed out before from the drastic drop in blood sugar and loss of fluids from major diarrhea, so drinking the coke gives me a boost until I can get home and rest. It is not a cure, but it works for me. My thought process is that benadryl works as an antihistamine. While Celiac Disease is not an "allergy", there is still a sestemic response, much like an allergy. Diphendydramine has been shown to relieve migranes, settle stomaches, reduce swelling, reduce redness, and stop many other allergy symptoms. I believe this is why it helps when I am glutened too.
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 05:18 AM

Recently i was using up to a bottle of benadryl every other day,until I went completely gluten free,,soy free,milk and dairy free and a host of other things. Is this normal and do we have to carry it with us at all times?


I assume you have a rash you are taking the benadryl for, and most probably have dermititis herpaformosa? And yes, I have used benadryl. in cream form and pills. I also use tea tree oil and a steroid cream. I will use anything anyone suggests to alleviate the itching. Just be careful with large doses of Benadry. Doesn't that make you sleepy? It would me. See a doctor and get a perscription steroid cream. I also now see an herbalist/nutritionist. She has made a huge difference in my symptoms! Good Luck.
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 06:57 PM

While in CA last month I was glutened so badly at a restaurant in a fancy hotel that I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital. I asked the front dest if they had any benadryl and they practically threw it at me (perhaps trying to prevent a lawsuit). I usually keep a couple of 25 mg benadryls in my purse at all time. When I get glutened I take them and drink a 20 ounce coke. I have found that for ME, the benadryl, along with a chewable pepto if I have one, helps settle my stomach. And I get really lightheaded and have passed out before from the drastic drop in blood sugar and loss of fluids from major diarrhea, so drinking the coke gives me a boost until I can get home and rest. It is not a cure, but it works for me. My thought process is that benadryl works as an antihistamine. While Celiac Disease is not an "allergy", there is still a sestemic response, much like an allergy. Diphendydramine has been shown to relieve migranes, settle stomaches, reduce swelling, reduce redness, and stop many other allergy symptoms. I believe this is why it helps when I am glutened too.

i work for a TMJ specialist, and he recommends to any patient suffering from food allergies to take benadryl because we do have a lot of histamine in us when we have an allergic reaction. i have yet to go out and get some, but would like to see how it helps next time i get glutened.
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#7 JennyC

 
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 05:27 AM

Celiac reactions do not activate the IgE and mast cell pathway that is common in allergies. It is an autoimmune reaction involving T-cells and cytokine release. No histamine is involved and Benadryl is an antihistamine. It would be helpful if you have a true allergy though.

This article explains the immunology of celiac disease:

http://www.pubmedcen...i?artid=1716218
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 06:33 AM

First, I will say that Benadryl is not a treatment for celiac disease. Taking Benadryl does not make it safe for you to eat gluten. Benadryl is an antihistamine, and celiac is not a hystamine response.

Having said that..... :)

Benadryl is often prescribed to cancer patients as an anti-nausea drug, because it does help with that. (See WebMD). When I was on chemo, that was the main form of nausea treatment. However, this was the IV form, and it was such a mega-dose that it had me so stoned I couldn't even stand up :huh: . I definitely wouldn't recommend that kind of dosage for general nausea, but who knows what a regular dose might help with.

In theory, benadryl may help with nausea if that is on ones list of celiac symptoms. But don't try to eat gluten and then take Benadryl. That would be a very bad idea, because it does not stop the autoimmune process from occurring.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:31 AM

I've been wondering about this too.

I have nocturnal myoclonus (jerking when going into REM sleep) and insomnia if I eat any gluten whatsoever. I got glutenned Sunday and was feeling the effects Sunday nite when trying to fall asleep. So, I took 1 Benadryl capsule and within an hour I was sound asleep and slept 8 hours. Normally, I would've been doomed to a whole nite of wide eyes and jerking everytime I tried to fall asleep.

Could it be the sedative affect is enough to counteract nuerological problems ? If it can counteract nuerological problems caused by gluten, why wouldn't it work on other parts of the body too ?

I've only tried this once ...

I've been wondering too what do we really know about the small intestine and villi ? We talk about how the villi absorb nutrients, but what else do they do ?

http://www.vivo.colo...ut/anatomy.html

I remember in an anatomy video I saw that the villi are made up of various cells and one of those has to do with our immune system itself. I'm not a doctor so I haven't been able to find and understand this info on the web.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 07:23 PM

Celiac reactions do not activate the IgE and mast cell pathway that is common in allergies. It is an autoimmune reaction involving T-cells and cytokine release. No histamine is involved and Benadryl is an antihistamine. It would be helpful if you have a true allergy though.

This article explains the immunology of celiac disease:

http://www.pubmedcen...i?artid=1716218


IV Benadryl is use to treat migraines in hospital settings. Migraines are not a histamine response, but a muscle spasm. The idea is that the Benadryl calms the patient and allows the muscle spasms to stop. I do not know if this is what happens in my gut when I take Benadryl after an accidental gluten-ing, but I know that it helps, and that is all that matters to me.

By the way, I DO NOT suggest using Benadryl as a way to eat gluten on purpose. I only use it as an aid to feeling better after I get sick.
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EnteroLab test positive for gluten intolerence and 2 gluten intolerence and celiac genes
DQ2 and DQ3 sub type DQ7 in December 2005
Gluten-free since Enterolab test, December 2, 2005.

Lame Advertisement Test positive for gluten intolerence in Sept 2005.
THEN found out that my fathers mother had nontropical sprue, she passed away at 40 from (stomach) cancer, had holes in her intestines when they caught it. I had no idea....




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