Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel

Pros: Fast-acting, effective!

Cons: A little runny

Picture this: Midnight. I’m sitting on the deck waiting for the ‘Super Moon’ to ascend over the humongous elm tree next door. I’ve donned  a pair of white Nike crew socks, gold-glitter slippers, a white, ankle-length robe, and a floppy beach hat. I look like a cross between Diane Keaton and the Pope. And to think I dressed this way intentionally. . .

Retro about three nights. . .I was out on the same deck, only this time I was barefoot, had on just my nightgown (it was dark, I risked it) and was watching the same moon – minus the ‘Super’ part.  After exploring with my binoculars it’s now familiar craters and valley’s, I went back to bed. In the time it took me to say “Now I lay me down to sleep. . .” my feet and ankles felt as if they were on fire! I tried scratching them with the opposite foot, which just seemed to make the itching and burning worse. I spent the next few minutes raking my nails over my feet until I became concerned that might be making matters worse somehow.  I tried to think what was in my medicine cabinet for what were clearly insect bites – mosquito, or whatever else creeps around at night looking for blood.  I spotted the Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel. I don’t recall the reason I originally purchased this product, but I needed all the ‘Extra Strength’ and ‘Itch Stopping’ benefit it could provide – big time! Within two or three minutes of applying the soothing gel the fiery itching and burning had subsided substantially and within ten minutes I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort at all.

Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel is a topical analgesic that has a histamine blocker to stop the itch cycle.


  • Its soothing gel disperses quickly and evenly
  • Fast-drying
  • Non-greasy
  • Effective on insect bites, rashes, minor irritations, poison oak, ivy and sumac, burns, sunburns, minor cuts.
  • Has a medicinal odor, but very mild and dissipates quickly


Active:  (Complete list)

  • Diphenhydramine HCI  2%

Inactive: ( See label for complete list)

  • SD Alcohol 38-B
  • Camphor
  • Citric Acid
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Glycerin


  • For external use only
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Discontinue use if condition worsens or symptoms persist for more than 7 days.
  • Not for children under the age of 2 without a physicians’ advise
  • If swallowed call a Poison Control Center immediately.  

So, returning for a moment to my Keaton/Pope get-up. . .I figure an ounce of prevention has to be worth something – even at the risk of looking like an idiot. And besides, if even one little dive-bombing bloodsucker is able to penetrate my head-to-toe costume, there’s always Benadryl!

J&J Consumer Products

Skillman, New Jersey

1-800-524-2624 ( English and Spanish)

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