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Is there really NO WAY to help alleviate the Asian flush reaction to alcohol?

Is there really NO WAY to help alleviate the Asian flush reaction to alcohol?

Thankfully no.: Otherwise antabuse (disulfiram) wouldn't work. In both, the build up of acetaldehyde from alcohol accumulates. Ways to minimize it:
drink less.
Drink on full stomach
Drink at a slower rate.
DO NOT drink grapefruit juice it increases the alcohol that gets into the bloodstream and is available for this reaction. ...Read more

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How can I get a diagnosis whether my blotchy red face is Asian flush or whether it is rosacea? Sun/heat have the same affect on my face as alcohol.

How can I get a diagnosis whether my blotchy red face is Asian flush or whether it is rosacea? Sun/heat have the same affect on my face as alcohol.

Flushing: Rosacea is characterized by red bumps or pimples on the forehead, nose and cheeks. Some people appear more flushed and blush more when exposed to changes in temperature, etc. Often there is a genetic component to this and more common in fair skinned individuals. See a dermatologist for the flushing and reddened face as well as to determine if rosacea is present. Sunscreen is important. ...Read more

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Can I mix claritin, (loratadine) Pepcid complete and drink alcohol? I have the Asian flush as they call it and get rapid heart beat, headache, red flush+warmth.

Can I mix claritin, (loratadine) Pepcid complete and drink alcohol? I have the Asian flush as they call it and get rapid heart beat, headache, red flush+warmth.

You can, but…: The Asian flush, as you term it, is caused by an enzyme which makes you metabolize alcohol into acetaldehyde. Since this is a genetic issue, Pepcid and Claritin (loratadine) will not help, although you can take them with alcohol in reasonable doses. Also, there is an increased risk of esophageal cancer with alcohol intake in patients with the Asian flush, so you should avoid regular drinking. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please recommend if it's better for people who get alcohol flush reaction not to drink alcohol?

Please recommend if it's better for people who get alcohol flush reaction not to drink alcohol?

Yes: The flush reaction is caused by an accumulation of acetaldehyde, which is a toxic product of alcohol metabolism. This substance is normally only present for fractions of a second, but people who develop the flush reaction have an abnormal enzyme which doesn't metabolize the acetaldehyde properly. This is a chemical which causes damage to capillaries and skin, among other things. ...Read more

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Help! Exactly what is the Asian flush syndrome?

Help! Exactly what is the Asian flush syndrome?

Several Options...: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland. Com). ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is the Asian flush syndrome?

How do I know exactly what is the Asian flush syndrome?

Asian Flush: Excess acetaldehyde accumulation, causing body flush, as result of alcohol consumption. Also called alcohol flush reaction. ...Read more

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If I get an Asian flush when I drink, does this mean I'm more likely to become an alcoholic?

If I get an Asian flush when I drink, does this mean I'm more likely to become an alcoholic?

Not likely: An "asian flush" is caused by a deficiency in an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase. This interrupts a specific step in ethanol breakdown that allows acetaldehyde to build up, causing the symptoms you experience. This can be caused by certain drugs such as antebuse and certain antibiotics. Many people find this extremely unpleasant and curtail their drinking as a result. ...Read more

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What else can cause a red face after drinking besides Asian flush syndrome?

What else can cause a red face after drinking besides Asian flush syndrome?

Rosacea: Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Alcohol can cause a flare. ...Read more

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When I drink alchohol I get a flushed face, neck and chest... I'm not asian, can I still get Asian flush syndrome or is this something different?

When I drink alchohol I get a flushed face, neck and chest... I'm not asian, can I still get Asian flush syndrome or is this something different?

Alcohol reaction: There are some people who can not drink a lot of alcohol because they lack the enzyme to break down the by products of the metabolism. This is what causes the flushing. There is not much you can do about this other than to avoid drinking it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to flush alcohol out your system?

How to flush alcohol out your system?

Nothing: Alcohol is naturally gone in 8 hours, sometimes up to 12 hours after particularly heavy intake. There is nothing known that clears it any faster. ...Read more

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Can candida cause flushing and alcohol intolerance?

Can candida cause flushing and alcohol intolerance?

Not candida: Candida or other yeast or fungal infections do not cause alcohol intolerance. Alcohol induced flushing, lightheadedness, and other symptoms are especially common in people of Asian ancestry. ...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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What can I do to stop the "asian glow" when drinking alcohol?

What can I do to stop the "asian glow" when drinking alcohol?

Stop drinking: I am unaware of anything that can fix the inherited enzyme deficiency that results in accumulation of acetaldehyde in many Asians (including Native Americans). It is not really related to histamine, as some other kinds of alcohol flushing are, but trying an antihistamine might be reasonable, but could also interact with alcohol causing more sedation and/or impairment. ...Read more

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How can asians prevent the glow after drinking alcohol?

How can asians prevent the glow after drinking alcohol?

Asian flush reaction: Many asians have genetic mutations in their ability to process alcohol. The "glow" you speak of, relates to a buildup of acetaldehyde which can be toxic in large quantities. It indicates the toxin has built up enough to cause the body to try to get rid of it through sweat -- or vomiting in extreme cases. One must stop drinking & let the body metabolize the alcohol that's already present. ...Read more

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Will Pepcid (famotidine) AC help with "asian glow" (turning bright red after drinking alcohol)?

Will Pepcid (famotidine) AC help with "asian glow" (turning bright red after drinking alcohol)?

Yes, but...: Some antihistamines can block the vasodilation in the skin that causes flushing from alcohol, which is proximally caused by build up of acetaldehyde. There remains some controversy over whether this is a safe approach in the long run and doing this frequently could increase your risk of alcoholism or ulcers, cancer. http://www. Teawithmd. Com/2014/12/the-truth-about-alcohol-flushing-or-asian-glow/ ...Read more

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Am I'm at a high risk for getting esophagus cancer if I get the Asian glow? Should I give up alcohol entirely?

Am I'm at a high risk for getting esophagus cancer if I get the Asian glow? Should I give up alcohol entirely?

Yes don't drink: People who consume alcohol have higher incidence of esophageal cancer, asian glow is due to a different reason, when alcohol is consumed, it is metabolized to acetaldehyde then to harm less acetate, the enzyme needed for this is lacking, or rapidly destroyed in some asians, resulting accumulation of acetaldehyde, causes the flush f face. ...Read more

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I got battery acid o n my lip what should I do I flushed it with water and running alcohol and I put neosboin on it what should I do?

I got battery acid o n my lip what should I do I flushed it with water and running alcohol and I put neosboin on it what should I do?

Burn treatment: It sounds like you have done exactly the right thing flushing the lip. Battery acid causes a burn if it is in contact with the skin for any more than a very short period. Once the acid is washed off and if you have no burn then you should not need to worry further. If you have a burn then you should manage this as for any burn. ...Read more

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I drank a small amount of alcohol now I have a burning sensation like I have a UTI. What should I do? I've been trying to flush it out with water.

I drank a small amount of alcohol now I have a burning sensation like I have a UTI. What should I do? I've been trying to flush it out with water.

Not alcohol. UTI?: Alcohol doesn't do this despite persisting folklore about it. If the symptoms are simlar to past UTIs you have had, that's the best bet -- especially if you have urinary frequency and urgency as well as painful urination. Always consider STDs for such symptoms, but of course only at risk (new partner in past few months, partner with other partners, etc). See a doctor if it continues. Good luck. ...Read more

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Small amt alcohol (1/4 gl wine, etc) cause chills/sweats, headache, shaking, floating feeling. No flush, big person, caucasian, one drink rarely. Why?

Small amt alcohol (1/4 gl wine, etc) cause chills/sweats, headache, shaking, floating feeling. No flush, big person, caucasian, one drink rarely. Why?

Liver processing: Alcohol is processed in the liver, and it depends on a particular liver enzyme. If that enzyme is deficient, or your liver is impaired for some reason, alcohol can have a bad effect on you. ...Read more

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I get immediately flushed/splotchy when I drink alcohol, and to prevent that I have been taking Zantac (ranitidine) each time before I drink. Is that safe?

I get immediately flushed/splotchy when I drink alcohol, and to prevent that I have been taking Zantac (ranitidine) each time before I drink. Is that safe?

It's ok: I can't see how it could cause any problems. Zantac (ranitidine) is an antihistamine that decreases stomach acid production, so there shouldbn't be any interaction. It could be that you are getting a histamine release with the alcohol. You might see if it's with all alcohols or a component in the alcohol or if an antihistamine like loratidine or Cetirizine would help. ...Read more

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Why does my heart beat fast and flushing after drinking alcohol?

Are you Asian?: There is a condition due to inability to metabolize alcohol call alcohol flush syndrome. Around 30% of asian descend people have it. Associated with flush, erythema and tachycardia. ...Read more

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Immediately after consuming alcohol my heart beats become very fast and I flush. It started 8 months back. It happenes when I drank brandy or whisky.

If you are of: Asian background, flushing reaction with rapid heart beat may be an inherited condition where alcohol is metabolized to acetaldehyde, but the enzyme which metabolizes the acetaldehyde is not as active as it should be. This condition can also occur in people not of asian descent as well. If you are on glucophage, (metformin) you are diabetic, and whisky and brandy are NOT your friends. Reduce/avoid alcohol!! ...Read more