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Broke out rashes on face and arms. Taking benadryl. What now?

My husband has suddenly broken out in a rash on his face and arms that he says is hot and itchy. This has happened 4 separate times and all 4 times he was at work, thought not in the same room or even the same building. It was not after eating anything and none of the situations have anything in common that he can think of other than he was at work. Each time he has taken Benadryl and it went away. Today an hour after taking the Benadryl, the rash was not clearing up so he went to the ER. They just told him to see an allergist . Any idea what is causing this?
Asked On : Sun, 26 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Most rashes are not dangerous to a person unless they are part of an infectious disease such as chickenpox. In adults mostly are due to allergies or focal self limiting infections.Many rashes last a while and get better on their own. It is therefore the treatment offered is symptomatic for symptoms like itchy and/or dry skin for a few days to see whether the condition gets milder and goes away.

Nonprescription (over-the-counter) remedies include
•     anti-itch creams containing camphor, menthol, pramoxine (Itch-X, Sarna Sensitive), or diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
•     antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), or loratadine (Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert); and cetirizine (Zyrtec).
•     moisturizing lotions.

Answered: Fri, 7 Sep 2012
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