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Alcohol And Localized Hives
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
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
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?
I have a small ring of hives on my thigh. It's not painful/itchy. But, when i tried to clean it w/ alcohol there was a sharp pain. Can i send a pic?
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