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Doctor insights on: Can Alcohol Affect Your Breathing

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How harmful for your health is breathing in rubbing alcohol fumes?

How harmful for your health is breathing in rubbing alcohol fumes?

Rubbing or isopropyl: If you breath a lot of these fumes they can be a severe irritant and cause nosebleeds. Isopropyl alcohol fumes can be absorbed into the lung membrane and result in brain and nerve damage. Common symptoms of nerve damage include dizziness and numbness. Less severe symptoms include nausea and headaches. When inhaled briefly or sniffed in a robust fashion, you may experience a quick headache. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

If I have copd, why does one cocktail (alcohol) seem to relax my breathing?

Dulls sensation...: Alcohol is a depressant so it dulls your perception of shortness of breath in your brain. You may feel less short of breath but may actually be hypoventilating which could lead to further increases in carbon dioxide. So, you need to be very careful w/alcohol use. ...Read more

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Drink just one/two beers and I have shallow/short breathing that keeps me up. No alcohol, no problems. Certain beers seem worse (canned) but not sure.?

Drink just one/two beers and I have shallow/short breathing that keeps me up. No alcohol, no problems. Certain beers seem worse (canned) but not sure.?

Wheat/hops allergy?: Allergy to wheat or hops is one possibility. But there are lots of possible reasons for this problem. What happens with wine or spirits? You can try gluten-free or hops-free beer. Here are a few: anheuser-busch - redbridge & sprecher brewery - mbege & shakparo (www. Sprecherbrewery. Com). Green's a uk firm makes 8 gluten-free beer (www. Glutenfreebeers. Co.Uk). Let us know the results. ...Read more

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I'm still having trouble breathing after alcohol poisoning a few days ago, what could be wrong?

I'm still having trouble breathing after alcohol poisoning a few days ago, what could be wrong?

See your doctor: You may have aspirated (food or other material going down "the wrong tube" into the bronchi rather than the esophagus) which can result in pneumonia. You should be in a treatment facility right now, if you drank enough to poison yourself, rather than be at home. You have a severe drinking problem, and it requires help, but would seek medical attention asap right now for breathing problem. ...Read more

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What can happen if you drink alcohol 10 hours after.50 mg of ativan (lorazepam)? Stop breathing?

What can happen if you drink alcohol 10 hours after.50 mg of ativan (lorazepam)? Stop breathing?

Dangerous: Drinking alcohol while taking Ativan (lorazepam) may increase your risk of certain Ativan (lorazepam) side effects, such as:
drowsiness
dizziness
problems with coordination
unusual behavior
memory problems.
It may also slow both the heart and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death. ...Read more

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What to do if I have breathing problems when I drink alcohol?

What to do if I have breathing problems when I drink alcohol?

Don't drink alcohol!: Usually alcohol intake in moderation (2 drinks a day, but not 14 on Saturday night!) do not cause any cardiac problems. HOWEVER: drinking large amounts of alcohol may acutely affect cardiac function and make the heart acutely weak. Long term alcohol may deteriorate the heart to the point of dilated cardiomyopathy with subsequent heart failure.
Other explanation could be aspiration into lungs. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the nitroglycerin spray affect the breathing test for alcohol?

Is it possible that the nitroglycerin spray affect the breathing test for alcohol?

Unsure: But no one should be drinking & driving or driving after taking nitro for chest pain. ...Read more

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Pt c/o sudden weight loss, "panic attacks, " difficulty breathing, stuffy sinuses, cold clammy hands. History of heavy etoh and htn. Wt s ds?

Pt c/o sudden weight loss, "panic attacks, " difficulty breathing, stuffy sinuses, cold clammy hands. History of heavy etoh and htn. Wt s ds?

Really?: Primary hypertension is not common (less than 10%) before age 40. Sudden weight loss is also rare. These two "facts" need to be confirmed before jumping to any conclusions. If leave out these two items, what's left is heavy alcohol, and a list of anxiety symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal tends to cause anxiety symptoms, increased blood pressure, so when did this "pt" have his/her last alcohol drink? ...Read more

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Can't sleep without alcohol. Is there a good substitute?

Can't sleep without alcohol. Is there a good substitute?

Mutual support helps: You might consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. Let them know about your difficulty sleeping and listen to how other recovering alcoholics have approached this challenge. ...Read more

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I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

Yes: Mouth wash is an adjunct to your main oral hygiene regimen (brushing and flossing). They are not required. Nonalcohol mouthwash is good for people with dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, lichen planus, oral lupus, etc... Biotene is a common nonalcohol mouthwash and widely use. ...Read more

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Alcohol. Helped anxiety most of my life and beta bickers years ago didn't work so what do I do??

Alcohol. Helped anxiety most of my life and beta bickers years ago didn't work so what do I do??

Time 4 New Approach?: #1) It really helps to work with a mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital to understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so you can take back you life from anxiety when it interferes w/ your ability to function. Consider researching anxiety & effective treatments: http://www. Anxietybc. Org ...Read more

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I have a diabetes, and I just can't leave taking alcohol atleast twice a week. How can I control my diabetes?

I have a diabetes, and I just can't leave taking alcohol atleast twice a week. How can I control my diabetes?

Self control: Hi! If you have diabetes, drinking alcohol or soda is just adding extra sugar into your system. It will complicate the ability to control your diabetes. If you are drinking twice a week, I would encourage you to reduce it to once a week then discontinue completely. If you drink with friends or family, ask them to support your effort to stop drinking to save your body from diabetic complication. ...Read more

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How can I reduced sgpt. Reading. By taking medicine or by workout which is most effective and fast I don't uae alcohol and sgpt reading is 89?

How can I reduced sgpt. Reading. By taking medicine or by workout which is most effective and fast I don't uae alcohol and sgpt reading is 89?

Incomplete info: Elevated SGPT is a sign of liver disease. A level of 89 is not too high but could still represent liver disease. The treatment had to be directed at the cause of the liver damage. It is not feasible to diagnose the cause without a detailed history, physical examination and may be additional investigation. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an alcohol test in 16 days but I don't know what kind it is. Would I be able to pass the test if I drink today and not the other 15 days?

I do not know: Essentially, there must be a reason you have a scheduled alcohol test in the near future. You most likely should not be drinking at all. Depending on the test, some may be able to test for alcohol for longer than your concerned about. Best not to drink alcohol if someone is testing you for some apparent reason. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When medications say do not take with alcohol does that mean I cant ever drink or does that mean don't take it with alcohol still in your system?

When medications say do not take with alcohol does that mean I cant ever drink or does that mean don't take it with alcohol still in your system?

Depends: Most meds labelled like that can actually be taken with alcohol. Manufacturers are known to be overly cautious like that. But there are a few notable exceptions. In the vast majority of cases you can take the warning to mean not with alcohol in your system. Your specific case may be different so best to ask your doc. Of course excessive use of alcohol should be discouraged whether you take any o ...Read more

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Pain in soft spot behind both earlobes has gotten worse. First bite syndrome? Is triggered by first sip of alcohol or first bite of some foods (can't

Pain in soft spot behind both earlobes has gotten worse. First bite syndrome? Is triggered by first sip of alcohol or first bite of some foods (can't

NotLikelyFirstBite: First Bite Syndrome is characterized as pain in Parotid region (salivary gland) or lower jaw area and not behind the ear lobes, it subsequently improves with each bite. The location of your pain does not fit with typical pain of first bite syndrome. The cause is not known but may be related to nerve impairment due to cervical spine surgery. Your pain is unlikely as first bite syndrome. Get it chcked ...Read more

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Why don't people believe that alcohol is a drug?

Why don't people believe that alcohol is a drug?

They aren't aware: Alcohol use is a widely accepted way to relax; it is used in many social contexts. People may put pressure on each other to drink, to be part of the "party." people don't tend to put it in the same category as other drugs because they're in denial about the harm it can lead to in some individuals. Although awareness is growing, many are equally blase about nicotine. ...Read more

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How is it that isn't alcohol considered medication?

Better treatments: Ethanol (alcohol found in alcoholic beverages) is a substance that has depressant effects on the nervous system. It can have unpredictable and generalized effects on the nervous system and we have better and safer medications these days to provide the desired beneficial effects. Ethanol will cause drug interactions/problems with medications and can be lethal in combination with sedative hypnotics. ...Read more

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I can't stop thinking about alcohol. Am I addicted?

I can't stop thinking about alcohol. Am I addicted?

CAGE: Is it hard to stop at one drink when you imbibe? A sense that you cannot do so and feel a loss of control about quantity ingested. If others have confronted you, how do you respond? Angry, dismissive, exclude them from your social circle. Do you feel guilty about how much you are drinking? Do you ever ingest in the morning - eye openers?
If positive to two or more, you may be alcohol addicted. ...Read more

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Would alcohol cause me pain or danger because I havegallstones. I've cut out anything high fat and haven't had the pain in a few weeks. Waiting on surg?

See answer: Alcohol, in moderation would be ok. You need to continue to cut out fats and any foods that can aggravate your gall stones and gall bladder issues. Be sure to follow-up with the surgeon and get the condition corrected as soon as possible. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I haven't had any alcohol in 48 hours, will I get dts?

I haven't had any alcohol in 48 hours, will I get dts?

Depends: It depends how much you are drinking, and you feel right now - if you are having severe tremor (the shakes), sweats, anxiety, trouble sleeping, agitation, then you are at risk of a seizure soon and dts in another day or two. If you are worried, don't sit there typing and waiting for an online response - call your doctor or go to an emergency room!
dt's usually requires drinking at least a pint/d. ...Read more

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Always craving alcohol, but I don't drink. Why is that?

Always craving alcohol, but I don't drink. Why is that?

Craving for Alcohol: I commend you for not using Alcohol.
Let Wise person in you ask:
• Present Stresses in life- marriage, relationships, work, and finances
• Past unresolved feelings, experiences and conflicts
• How have these affected you- feeling overwhelmed when you had craving for Alcohol
• Is Craving a Warning sign for you?
• Need to see a Therapist for these. ...Read more

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Alcohol helps me focus with my a.D.D. This isn't sustainable so what can I do?

Alcohol for ADD?: Alcohol is no substitute for appropriate management of add. It also has long term side effects if you use it continuously.
You should be seen by a psychologist who does neuropsychological testing. That is the most diret approach to diagnosis. With the results your physician may prescribe medication or refer you to a psychiatrist. ...Read more