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How Long Does Alcohol Allergy Last
Alcoholism: There is no immunity to alcohol. If one cannot drink then one should not be drinking alcohol. I know in indonesia this concept may not be well understood yet. But alcohol allergy means your body gets sick if you drink. As a physician I would recommend that you learn that this is something to avoid. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Alcohol Allergy or Alcohol intolerance is reaction to ingredients in an alcoholic beverage. It can cause immediate, unpleasant reactions after drinking Alcohol.
• Warm, red, itchy bumps on the skin (hives)
• stuffy nose
• Nausea and vomiting
• Worsening of preexisting asthma.
•Low blood pressure.
Please see a Physician for these symptoms ...Read more
Food allergy: There are likely not any connections between the two. ...Read more
Unlikely: Alcohol can have many unwanted side effects (especially with over indulgence), but thankfully allergy is not one of them. Other ingredients in alcoholic beverages may cause allergic symptoms (brewer's yeast in beer), adverse non-allergic symptoms like tannins or sulfites in wine, etc. Symptoms limited to sharp gas like pains suggest intolerance or other diagnosis. ...Read more
See below.: You cannot be allergic to alcohol - that is impossible. You can only be allergic to things that have proteins. Alcohol chemically has no proteins. You may be sensitive to alcohol. For example, it may give you heart burn. If that is the case, Pepcid (famotidine) may help but I would not advise that. Rather, i'd advise not using alcohol at all or limiting the amount and frequency so it doesn't affect you longer. ...Read more
I take hydroxyzine (by presciption) for an alcohol allergy (intolerance). Is there an over-the-counter substitute for this?
Not an over counter: By intolerance, do you mean abuse?Get a more detailed answer ›
Does hot feet and tingling of the feet after drinking alcohol mean alcohol allergy if not what causes it?
Would zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) help me in my alcohol allergy? I get these red/purple rashes all over my body for weeks and it's hard to breath...
Agree w Dr. Krauser: I suggest you ask yourself why you keep poisoning yourself. ...Read more
I had a lot of alcohol and in the morning I found the palm of my hands and sole of my feet to be swollen and itching. Could this be alcohol allergy?
Unlikely: Ethanol is a sugar. Humans do not demonstrate allergies to sugers, but rather, to proteins. Alcohol is a vasodilator and this could be what is causing your symptoms. Regardless, although it seems fun, try and reduce the binge drinking because it is taking a toll on your health. ...Read more
Varies, with meds!:
how long you should wait after alcohol depends on the type of antihistamine. For non-sedating antihistamines such as Claritin and allegra, it there should be no additive sedative effect with the combination, while Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and hydroxyzine, you need to be fearful of the added sedation due to alcohol intake and wait at least four hours for the alcohol level to come down. ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) use: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) effects typically last 6-8 hrs. However; some persons can be adversely effected for much longer. To be safe, don't drink within 24 hrs of using any sedating antihistamine. All antihistamines are potentially sedating, indivdual senstivities to side-effects vary greatly. ...Read more
Never: Most over-the counter allergy pills can cause some amount of sedation. Even "non-sedating antihistamines " such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra make some people drowsy. Since both alcohol and antihistamines can impair mental funtioning and reactions times, it is never advisable to mix these medications. ...Read more
Yes: Alcohol causes nasal congestion by a different mechanism than an allergic one. Perhaps that's a good thing; I've yet to meet someone truly allergic to alcohol. Unfortunately it means that allergy & alcohol ingestion work together to make your stuffy nose & sinuses even worse than ether one alone. You probably won't get much enjoyment from alcohol when sinus or nasal allergies are acting up. ...Read more
Alcohol allergy: It is possible to have alcohol allergy and get it after years of drinking. However, not much is known of the true etiology of allergic reaction to alcohol itself. Lot of the times, alcoholic drinks have multiple ingredients in them and you can develop allergies to any of them including grapes, fruits, barley, biogenic amines and preservatives like sulfites. ...Read more
What happens if you have an allergy to alcohol, will it effect you if you put on products on your skin that contain alcohol?
No: If allergy to ethyl alcohol exists, it is extremely rare. People are more likely to be intolerant. Nasal congestion, sneezing, flushing, itching, rash, vomiting, dizziness, syncope (passing out) all mimick allergy. Certain drugs interact with alcohol (disulfiram effect). Anyway isopropyl is the alcohol ingredient in skin wipes. ...Read more
Depends: It is not advisable to drink if taking sedating antihistamines, but it should be all right with prescription nasal sprays. A few drinks with non-sedating antihistamines is generally tolerated. ...Read more
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
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
Young asian women: Allergy to alcohol is likely nonexistent as the molecule is very small and there are many "alcohols" naturally occuring in the body. Sensitivity to alcohol is a different matter. Alcohol is metabolized by a cellular enzyme - alcohol dehydrogenase. Levels of ad vary with sex, age and race. Some people are born with low levels and cannot tolerate alcohol well. ...Read more
Wine, tequila, vodka: Most wines should be fine if you are not sensitive to sulfites. Tequila is derived from the agave plant and vodka typically comes from potatoes. ...Read more
Challenging: The effects of alcohol are well known. A true allergic reaction to alcohol would be very unusual while an allergic reaction to other ingredients in alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, etc) have been reported. An allergist can assist in differentiating a true allergic reaction from an intolerance and hopefully find an adult beverage you can enjoy and tolerate. ...Read more
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