How often can you use diprolene gel?

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Kythe
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I normally post on the fibro forum, but I'm having a real allergy issue that I could use some help with.

Three nights ago I felt something bite me on the arm(probably a spider since there lots in my house). There was a pinching, burning pain that lasted a few minutes and went away. I've had this happen before and it usually takes several hours to start reacting to it. Sure enough mid-morning the next day the area was all red and itchy.

The last time this happened, I treated it with topical lidocane that I had left over from allergy testing. I tried to use it again this time but unfortunately the stuff had expired back in February so it only relieved some of the itch and was only effective for a few hours at a time.

Then yesterday morning it was itching so badly that I wanted to rub sandpaper on it. I tried taking benedryl which really didn't do anything but put me to sleep. When I woke up my arm was still itching badly, so I called the doctor and I got in for an emergency appointment. The doctor proscribed diprolene gel which I had used two years ago for a similar incident. When I got home, I used the stuff and it did help but not as much as it did when I used it two years ago, it just wasn't relieving the itching completely.

This morning when I used the diprolene gel, it only gave me relief for a couple of hours. The tube says to only use it twice a day, but does anyone know if it's safe to take it more often? I did call my doctor to ask but still waiting to hear back and I'm in such agony right now, and I can only leave the ice pack on it for so long at a time.
~Kythe
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Kythe
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 261
   Posted 8/29/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh the irony, shorty after I posted the doctor called back. Said I could use the diprolene gel a maximum of 3 times a day. She also said to take benedryl at bed time and I could take clariten during the day. Not sure I want to go spend any money on clariten though. It never helped in the past for nasal allergies, so I'm not sure why it would help with this. I'm really not sure if there's any antihistamine I could take that would help. I've also tried zyrtec, allergra, and alavert for nasal allergies, and none of them did a thing for it. I guess I'll probably just try to keep putting ice on my arm as often as I can. I really hope this goes away soon.
~Kythe
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Allergies, Asthma, Anxiety, Depression, IBS, PCOS, Fibromyalgia

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