Benadryl Cream to Treat Mosquito Bites
For years, consumers have relied on Benadryl cream for solving all of their itch-related woes including the occasional mosquito or bug bite. Its active ingredient, diphenhydramine (also its generic name) is recommended not only for the irritating itch often associated with insect bites and skin rashes, but also for pain from scrapes and small cuts as well. Benadryl cream is categorized as an antihistamine, which means it blocks your body’s natural response to an allergen, and temporarily calms the itch. Unlike oral antihistamines, this topical cream will not cause side effects such as drowsiness.
There are other safety precautions to be aware of when using Benadryl cream. For instance, this ointment should not be used on children younger than two years old, or on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, if you are taking any other medication containing diphenhydramine, consult with your doctor as to whether or not it is safe for you to use Benadryl cream. Too much of the drug may be harmful to your health. And even though there is a minute chance of a negative interaction between Benadryl and other medications, (the cream does not enter the bloodstream to any significant degree) it is still a good idea to consult with a medical professional prior to using this ointment if you are taking other medicines.
It is not recommended that you use Benadryl cream for skin irritations or conditions that cover large areas of your body such as Chickenpox, sunburn, or widespread poison ivy. In such cases, it is best to talk with your doctor and ask for a more appropriate and effective remedy for your skin condition.
If you are unsure of the appropriate use of Benadryl cream, or have questions regarding its application, consult the specific instructions on the ointment’s packaging. As with any other kind of medicine, you can always ask your pharmacist or health care provider for further advice.