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Doctor insights on: Alcohol And Localized Hives

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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What could lead to my boyfriend to get red/hives when he drinks alcohol?

What could lead to my boyfriend to get red/hives when he drinks alcohol?

Histamine release: People with chronic hives sometimes find that drinking alcohol worsens the hives. The same can be said for people with disorders of mast cells (cells that make histamine) like mastocytosis. One can also be allergic to the tannins, yeast, or other ingredients in alcoholic drinks, but this is rare. It would be best to avoid alcohol. If not, antihistamines may help. Have him see his doctor. ...Read more

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When I have an allergic reaction why does alcohol make it worse and make me get hives everywhere?

When I have an allergic reaction why does alcohol make it worse and make me get hives everywhere?

Vasodilation : Alcohol has drug effect making more blood to be pumped to the skin by dilating blood vessels in the skin ( vasodilation). With hives you have leaky blood vessels in the skin and the more fluid you pump into a leaky pipe the more it leaks. Over heating, exercise, taking a hot shower and eating spicey food will do the same thing. ...Read more

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How come i get hives when i drink alcohol?

How come i get hives when i drink alcohol?

Alcohol: Some people can develop hives from alcoholic beverages, there is no answer to why that happens, but you need to avoid them. ...Read more

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Whenever a doctor uses rubbing alcohol to clean my skin, it breaks out into hives that last for 2+ weeks. But i can drink normal alcohol. Why?

Whenever a doctor uses rubbing alcohol to clean my skin, it breaks out into hives that last for 2+ weeks. But i can drink normal alcohol. Why?

It may not be hives: Hives usually are itchy red bumps that clear over minutes to hours. If the rash you have lasts for 2 weeks, this could either be an iriitant or a contact dermatitis. The alcohol used as a disinfectant can have different alcohols from what is in beverages. ...Read more

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Why do I get random rash/hives when drinking alcohol?

Why do I get random rash/hives when drinking alcohol?

Allergic reaction: Hives are a sign of allergic reaction to a substance ingested or inhaled usually. Alcohol contains many substances so it might be difficult to determine which component of the drink is causing the allergy. ...Read more

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Had hives from drinking 1beer & 5 shots of spirits. Doctors said not allergic to alcohol, but had hives when i drank beer again. What am i allergic to?

See allergist: Although uncommon, one can be allergic to beer which is composed of a grain, yeast, and water plus sulfite. You may be allergic of any of the ingredients. Having said that,alcohol tends to worsen hives regardless of the cause. ...Read more

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I drink alcohol while on Claritin (loratadine) which I take regularly for chronic hives. Is that okay/safe?

I drink alcohol while on Claritin (loratadine) which I take regularly for chronic hives. Is that okay/safe?

Most likely, but....: Mixing Claritin (loratadine) with alcohol may or may not cause problems. generally claritin (loratadine) does not cause drowsiness, but people who develop drowsiness due to this drug are at an increased risk of experiencing negative effects due to such drug interaction; therefore they are advised to avoid drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Mixed rubbing alcohol and water to calm baby's fever. Hours later he broke out n red bumpy hives all over his body. Can it b allergic reaction?

Mixed rubbing alcohol and water to calm baby's fever. Hours later he broke out n red bumpy hives all over his body.  Can it b allergic reaction?

Bumpy hives: It could be an allergic reaction or a rash from the febrile illness itself, or perhaps any medication given for the illness. Report this to your doctor for advise on how to proceed. ...Read more