Q:  I have noticed that some outdoor organizations are moving away from carrying injectable epinephrine into the field.  Would an antihistamine (e.g., Benadryl) work just as effectively to treat allergic reactions?  What do you think about the Benadryl strips? Even though some people are reluctant to carry epinephrine (delivered via autoinjectors like Epipens or a…

Q: Someone I know was having difficulty sleeping on a trip. A friend suggested trying the diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl) from our first aid kit. Shortly after, this person developed hives, chest tightness and shortness of breath. We administered epinephrine from the kit for a presumed anaphylactic reaction and evacuated him. In the end, after a…


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