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Can Benadryl help with smoke irritation?

Asked by ninja_man (1130 points ) August 29th, 2012

I live in MT, east of the wildfires in Idaho. The smoke here is out of control, and my eyes show it. Can Benadryl help manage my symptoms of red and swollen eyes? (I would look on the bottle, but don’t have one handy!)

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syz's avatar

Probably not, or at least not much. An irritant is different than an inflammatory response.

bkcunningham's avatar

No. Here is some information. Try some eyedrops made to reduce eye irritation.

anatidaephobiac's avatar

It was driving me crazy trying to think of this but just noticed i had a bottle in the glove box, It is’t a medicine and can’t do any harm, but has always worked wonders for me in dusty construction site environments – air laced with some really nasty pollutants too that i should have been wearing goggles in.
Also comes in drops but i’m a big wuss when it comes to using eye drops. The brand may not be available in the US, but there might be other products available containing only witch hazel and purified water.

Pandora's avatar

Probably not. Maybe you can try wearing diving googles that are clear when you are out.
Sure you make look silly but your eyes will be protected. There are also lubricant drops that may help soothe your eyes.
Systane has some good eye products. The overnight relief is almost a gel that can really help soothe your eyes as you sleep.

silky1's avatar

Eye drops are the best choice for your condition.

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