When someone goes through minor ear, nose, or throat (ENT) surgeries, it's common to feel uncomfortable afterward. Things like feeling sick or throwing up and having pain can make the recovery harder. However, scientists looked into a medicine called diphenhydramine to see if it could help patients feel better after these surgeries.
In a clinical trial, scientists wanted to check if giving diphenhydramine to people before their ENT surgery could make them feel less sick and in less pain afterward. They studied 100 people who were having these minor surgeries. Some got diphenhydramine just before their surgery, and others got a placebo (like a sugar pill) instead. Then, the researchers compared how these two groups felt after the surgery.
The results were exciting! People who got diphenhydramine felt much less sick and threw up less after surgery compared to those who got the placebo. Also, they didn't need as much extra medicine for feeling sick as the others.
The researchers also saw that the folks who got diphenhydramine reported having less pain during their recovery time. This means that the medicine might have helped in making them feel better and not as uncomfortable after their surgery.