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Benadryl - Keep it handy!
Posted on Aug 28th, 2019 Comments (0)
Important information about having Benadryl on hand:

For those living in rattlesnake areas, I have learned something new which I feel is important enough to pass on.
A man was bitten by a rattlesnake a few days ago.  He was getting ready to bale hay and turned over a windrow to check the moisture and the snake was in the window. It wrapped around his arm and bit him on the underside of the wrist. Luckily it was not a severe bite, the fang marks were clear, but not deep enough to draw blood. He went straight to the house and we put ice on the bite.  He arrived at the hospital within an hour. I called ahead so the emergency room was ready for him. By the time he arrived his arm was starting to swell up to the shoulder and his throat was getting tight. The emergency room attendees immediately gave him Benadryl. Apparently antivenom must be received within 4 hours of the snakebite, but the immediate threat is swelling and death of tissue, which was treated with the Benadryl. The swelling in his arm and throat started going down right away. The anti-venom medicine had to be prepared and was not ready for a couple of hours. He was given two doses of antivenom and spent the night in the hospital.  They drew blood every three hours.  He was able to go home the next day and even went back to work. 

I have always carried liquid Benadryl in all of my vehicles because I am allergic to bee stings. After this incident, I went out to check my supplies. All three of the bottles I had behind the seats in my emergency kits, had been in there quite a while and the liquid was gone.

My daughter, who is a nurse, told me to go buy the children’s chewable Benadryl instead. It is given according to body weight, so can be used for adults as well. She said if you chew it and hold it in your mouth it will absorb just as fast or faster through the membranes of the mouth than from the stomach. The box doesn’t take much room and will fit in the glove compartment or a back pack.