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Can Alcohol Cause Itching
Yes: Itchy and watery eyes are signs of ocular allergies that can be relieved by using antihistamine eye drops and avoiding the triggering sources that cause them. Alcohol consumption is not a common cause for this, but some people are more genetically predisposed to such reactions that cause flushing, nasal congestion, runny nose ; eyes, and even itching of mucosal surfaces, such as eyes and nose. ...Read more
Genes/Meds/Religion: Alcohol is metabolized by alcohol dehydrogenase. This enzyme is found in all humans but varies depending on sex and race. People with low levels - young females and those of asian descent may have typical red flush when drinking. Medication interactions are another important reason for intolerance. However, in the western world religion is probably the leading cause of alcohol intolerance. ...Read more
Yes and other causes: There are many causes of esophagitis, including drinking alcohol. Acid production in the stomach, with reflux and heartburn can cause esophagitis too. Do not guess at the cause of esophagitis, and allow your doctor a chance to figure out the cause. Only then can you find the right treatment. With that said, alcohol may make esophagitis from another cause - even worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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