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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Allergy Symptoms

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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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