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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Allergy

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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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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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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