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Old 25 March 2009, 10:38 PM
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What I have been told about the benadryl/ epipen decision is that it depends on the severity of each reaction.

If you have any swelling of the lips, mouth, throat of face - ANY - use the epipen. If you have any confusion, use the epipen. If you have any trouble breathing, use the epipen.

For all other reactions - hives, itchiness, vomiting - use the benadryl. If the benadryl is not enough, you can always use the epipen, too.

In my individual case, there is one exception to the swelling=epipen rule. I get hives at the back of my throat, which make swallowing difficult, but they haven't spread (yet). For that, benadryl is still effective. I've never had to take my epi, thank god.
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