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What classifies an alcohol allergy? What are the symptoms?

What classifies an alcohol allergy? What are the symptoms?

Alcohol Allergy: Alcohol Allergy or Alcohol intolerance is reaction to ingredients in an alcoholic beverage. It can cause immediate, unpleasant reactions after drinking Alcohol.
Symptoms:
• Warm, red, itchy bumps on the skin (hives)
• stuffy nose
• Headaches
Nausea and vomiting
Heartburn
• Diarrhea
• Worsening of preexisting asthma.
•Palpitations
Low blood pressure.
Please see a Physician for these symptoms ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Does hot feet and tingling of the feet after drinking alcohol mean alcohol allergy if not what causes it?

Does hot feet and tingling of the feet after drinking alcohol mean alcohol allergy if not what causes it?

NO.: This is likely a unique response to alcohol excess and/or an inability to efficiently metabolize alcohol. Less likely, these symptoms could represent a psychological response to excess alcohol intake. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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How to get rid of an alcohol allergy?

How to get rid of an alcohol allergy?

Avoidance: The best approach to any allergy (food or beverage) is avoidance (eliminating it from the diet). Typically the allergic is trigger is not the alcohol itself, but some other ingredient--liqueur, hops, wheat, brewer's yeast, etc. ...Read more

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Who gets extreme alcohol sensitivity/allergy?

Who gets extreme alcohol sensitivity/allergy?

Young asian women: Allergy to alcohol is likely nonexistent as the molecule is very small and there are many "alcohols" naturally occuring in the body. Sensitivity to alcohol is a different matter. Alcohol is metabolized by a cellular enzyme - alcohol dehydrogenase. Levels of ad vary with sex, age and race. Some people are born with low levels and cannot tolerate alcohol well. ...Read more

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Can you build immunity to alcohol allergy?

Can you build immunity to alcohol allergy?

Alcoholism: There is no immunity to alcohol. If one cannot drink then one should not be drinking alcohol. I know in indonesia this concept may not be well understood yet. But alcohol allergy means your body gets sick if you drink. As a physician I would recommend that you learn that this is something to avoid. ...Read more

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What classifies an alcohol allergy? What are the symptoms?

Alcohol Allergy: Alcohol Allergy or Alcohol intolerance is reaction to ingredients in an alcoholic beverage. It can cause immediate, unpleasant reactions after drinking Alcohol.
Symptoms:
• Warm, red, itchy bumps on the skin (hives)
• stuffy nose
• Headaches
Nausea and vomiting
Heartburn
• Diarrhea
• Worsening of preexisting asthma.
•Palpitations
Low blood pressure.
Please see a Physician for these symptoms ...Read more

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How to get rid of an alcohol allergy?

Avoidance: The best approach to any allergy (food or beverage) is avoidance (eliminating it from the diet). Typically the allergic is trigger is not the alcohol itself, but some other ingredient--liqueur, hops, wheat, brewer's yeast, etc. ...Read more

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Can Pepcid (famotidine) AC to help alcohol allergy?

Can Pepcid (famotidine) AC to help alcohol allergy?

See below.: You cannot be allergic to alcohol - that is impossible. You can only be allergic to things that have proteins. Alcohol chemically has no proteins. You may be sensitive to alcohol. For example, it may give you heart burn. If that is the case, Pepcid (famotidine) may help but I would not advise that. Rather, i'd advise not using alcohol at all or limiting the amount and frequency so it doesn't affect you longer. ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pains that feel like gas pains. Could it be an alcohol allergy?

I'm having sharp pains that feel like gas pains. Could it be an alcohol allergy?

Unlikely: Alcohol can have many unwanted side effects (especially with over indulgence), but thankfully allergy is not one of them. Other ingredients in alcoholic beverages may cause allergic symptoms (brewer's yeast in beer), adverse non-allergic symptoms like tannins or sulfites in wine, etc. Symptoms limited to sharp gas like pains suggest intolerance or other diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does hot feet and tingling of the feet after drinking alcohol mean alcohol allergy if not what causes it?

NO.: This is likely a unique response to alcohol excess and/or an inability to efficiently metabolize alcohol. Less likely, these symptoms could represent a psychological response to excess alcohol intake. ...Read more

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I had a lot of alcohol and in the morning I found the palm of my hands and sole of my feet to be swollen and itching. Could this be alcohol allergy?

Unlikely: Ethanol is a sugar. Humans do not demonstrate allergies to sugers, but rather, to proteins. Alcohol is a vasodilator and this could be what is causing your symptoms. Regardless, although it seems fun, try and reduce the binge drinking because it is taking a toll on your health. ...Read more

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Question about alcohol allergies. Can somebody actually be allergic to the ethanol?

Question about alcohol allergies. Can somebody actually be allergic to the ethanol?

Debatable: There are a few articles in the literature which suggest that there may be an alcohol allergy. Not an overwhelming amount of data. ...Read more

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I learned that alcohol exacerbates allergies. Is that true?

It can: Some people will experience more allergy symptoms when they drink alcohol. It can cause faster absorption of food allergens, but alcohol also cause vasodilation of blood vessels which can cause nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Who gets extreme alcohol sensitivity/allergy?

Young asian women: Allergy to alcohol is likely nonexistent as the molecule is very small and there are many "alcohols" naturally occuring in the body. Sensitivity to alcohol is a different matter. Alcohol is metabolized by a cellular enzyme - alcohol dehydrogenase. Levels of ad vary with sex, age and race. Some people are born with low levels and cannot tolerate alcohol well. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of drinking alcohol after taking allergy medicine?

Depends: It is not advisable to drink if taking sedating antihistamines, but it should be all right with prescription nasal sprays. A few drinks with non-sedating antihistamines is generally tolerated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to drink alcohol without having allergies?

Challenging: The effects of alcohol are well known. A true allergic reaction to alcohol would be very unusual while an allergic reaction to other ingredients in alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, etc) have been reported. An allergist can assist in differentiating a true allergic reaction from an intolerance and hopefully find an adult beverage you can enjoy and tolerate. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking allergy pills?

How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking allergy pills?

Never: Most over-the counter allergy pills can cause some amount of sedation. Even "non-sedating antihistamines " such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra make some people drowsy. Since both alcohol and antihistamines can impair mental funtioning and reactions times, it is never advisable to mix these medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to consume alcohol after an allergy skin test?

Is it safe to consume alcohol after an allergy skin test?

May be: Alcohol is a poison and does not do any body any good. It would be prudent to abstain. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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It is a problem to drink alcohol after taking allergy medication?

It is a problem to drink alcohol after taking allergy medication?

Alcohol: Because many allergy medications can cause drowsiness, even the non-drowsy ones, it is not a good idea to drink alcohol while on one of the systemic allergy medications. I recommend that you not drink alcohol when taking allergy medications. ...Read more

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After years of drinking, can an adult then develop an allergy to alcohol?

Alcohol allergy: It is possible to have alcohol allergy and get it after years of drinking. However, not much is known of the true etiology of allergic reaction to alcohol itself. Lot of the times, alcoholic drinks have multiple ingredients in them and you can develop allergies to any of them including grapes, fruits, barley, biogenic amines and preservatives like sulfites. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an allergy to alcohol, will it effect you if you put on products on your skin that contain alcohol?

What happens if you have an allergy to alcohol, will it effect you if you put on products on your skin that contain alcohol?

No: If allergy to ethyl alcohol exists, it is extremely rare. People are more likely to be intolerant. Nasal congestion, sneezing, flushing, itching, rash, vomiting, dizziness, syncope (passing out) all mimick allergy. Certain drugs interact with alcohol (disulfiram effect). Anyway isopropyl is the alcohol ingredient in skin wipes. ...Read more

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What are signs you have an allergy to alcohol?

What are signs you have an allergy to alcohol?

Allergy?: A true allergy causes itchiness/rash when first exposed. Additional exposures give more serious reactions, such as trouble breathing, and can even lead to anaphylaxis, shock and death. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly develop and an allergy to alcohol without any previous reaction?

Can you suddenly develop and an allergy to alcohol without any previous reaction?

Yes: Some can develop hives, nasal congestion and sneezing after ingesting alcoholic beverages and it occurs out of the blue. ...Read more

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What happens if I'm a regular drinker, why am I experiencing symptoms of "alcohol flush syndrome" or allergy?

What happens if I'm a regular drinker, why am I experiencing symptoms of "alcohol flush syndrome" or allergy?

Alcohol Flushing: Alcohol flushing syndrome usually appears in people of Asian descent who lack the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme which then causes a buildup in formaldehyde when you drink which causes the flushing. In order to be allergic you have to have protein and there isn't much protein in alcohol. It could also be a sulfite reaction if it only occurs with red wine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I'm a regular drinker, why am I experiencing symptoms of "alcohol flush syndrome" or allergy?

Can you tell me if I'm a regular drinker, why am I experiencing symptoms of "alcohol flush syndrome" or allergy?

Not uncommon: People with rosacea flush with alcohol intake as would be many Asians. The former is due to an inflammatory response to an increase in temperature, the latter from a deficiency in an enzyme to breakdown the alcohol. Avoidance or reduction in consumption would be the best approach. There is reason to suspect that those who flush due to the enzyme issue may be at higher risk of cardiac disease. ...Read more

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After I take one drink of any type of alcohol I get pain in the back of my neck. Is this as allergy to alcohol or could it be something else?

After I take one drink of any type of alcohol I get pain in the back of my neck. Is this as allergy to alcohol or could it be something else?

Have it checked out.: Have it checked out. Neck pain with alcohol consumption raises one potential concern which would be a certain type of lymphoma (usually one that responds very well to treatment). That being said, this is really very rare, but regardless would recommend you see your doctor about it. ...Read more