"netmon66" <***@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
| My daughter has been diagnosed with asthma, and is on a puffer - not
| the kinda for emergency relief but more for longer term relief.
| Meanwhile, she feels like her airway is closing, and the only thing
| that relieves this discomfort is Benadryl -- the xtra-strength night-
| time dose. The half-strength daytime dose doesn't help. Neither do
| Claritin or other anti-histamines. I wondering what ingredients in
| Benadryl -- or what capability that Benadryl has - is making such a
| big difference. What does Benadryl do that Reactin, Claritin, Advil,
| etc. don't do?
In the simplest of terms, it *works*. Benadryl is one of the first
standardly marketed anti-histamines and for many of us (definitely
for me) it is the only one that is quickly effective. If you are ever
seen in an emergency room for an allergic or anaphylactic reaction
the chances are that the first two medications you will receive are
Benadryl and epinephrine. Suggestion 1: Be thankful that such an
effective medication is available so readily and so cheaply.
Suggestion 2: If you haven't, get your daughter to a good allergist
or pulmonologist, or a different one if you have, and get a handle
on this "mystery illness." There aren't too many medical mysteries
these days. Good luck.