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I just ate some port wine cheese and crackers and sour ...

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I just ate some port wine cheese and crackers and sour candies then all of a sudden my lower lip swelled way up. I just took benadryl and it seems to be going down but not much yet. Do I need to see a droctor or is this a allergic reaction I have never been allergic to anything?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. M. Lahkar replied 8 years ago.
Hi, generally food allergies are treated with antihistamines. You have rightly chosen benadryl for treatment. As the swelling has come down, you donot haveto take other medications or approah a specialist. But if the symptoms donot subside in a day or two or you develop other severe reactions like breathing difficulty or increasing swelling, please consult an internal medicine specialist as an emergency.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
How long does the benadryl take to start working?
Expert:  Dr. M. Lahkar replied 8 years ago.
Hi, it may take approximately 30 minutes for the benadryl or any other antihistaminic to start action and continue to last its action for about 5 to 6 hours if taken in appropriate dose.

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