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I get itchy nose and eyes when I drink alcohol. Is this normal?

I get itchy nose and eyes when I drink alcohol. Is this normal?

Itchy eyes: You may have an allergic response to the alcohol or a preservative in the alcohol. As long as you have no shortness of breath, it is ok to try some artificial tears, or an allergy drop such as zaditor (ketotifen) (over the counter). If symptoms persist, call your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

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I have itchy skin on back of calves. They appear to look like rashes and turn to scabs don't go away. They get worse when i drink alcohol or shave.?

I have itchy skin on back of calves. They appear to look like rashes and turn to scabs  don't go away. They get worse when i drink alcohol or shave.?

Sounds like eczema: Sounds like you may have some eczema, although this isn't the most common place for it. It would be best to let a doctor look at these rashes -- start with your primary care doctor, and if need be, see a dermatologist. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I turn red all over my face when i drink alcohol! eyes go red too! what's wrong?

I turn red all over my face when i drink alcohol! eyes go red too! what's wrong?

Vasodilator : At low levels alcohol is a vasodilator, it opens up the blood vessels. The more the blood flow, the redder your skin and eyes are. You may be particularly sensitive to this effect and this may be your bodies way of saying "lay off the alcohol". ...Read more

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Wake up w/ headaches often. If I drink alcohol (even small amounts) I get very painful headaches. Sharp pain behind eyes , forehead, & back of neck. ?

Wake up w/ headaches often. If I drink alcohol (even small amounts) I get very painful headaches. Sharp pain behind eyes , forehead, & back of neck. ?

HeadacheFromAlcihol: Headache next morning after drinking alcohol the night before can be due to many causes1dehydration and can be prevented by drinking lot of water the night before & in the morning.2It may be related to the chemicals in ethanol like acetaldehyd.cogeners, flavonoid&Tryptophan3Red wine gives headache in some due to sulphides4Individual Responce . Many get red in face&more prone 5Migraine trigger ...Read more

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When i drink alcohol, my face swells, eyes blood red and heart beats faster, this does not happen everytime, i m 37yr male, no bp, no sugar, whis this?

When i drink alcohol, my face swells, eyes blood red and heart beats faster, this does not happen everytime, i m 37yr male, no bp, no sugar, whis this?

Alcohol: Alcohol is a spontaneous mast cell degranulator which basically means that the alcohol causes the cell sin your body to release histamine leading to all of your reactions. Most people only notice this with some alcohols and not with others. It could also be a grain allergy if it happens with beer. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Day after i drink alcohol i wake up with crusty eyes and sore fingers. Could this allergy or intolerance? If so what's in booze to cause this?

Day after i drink alcohol i wake up with crusty eyes and sore fingers. Could this allergy or intolerance? If so what's in booze to cause this?

Not likely allergy: While allergy to a component of alcohol can happen, it is exceedingly rare. Food allergies also cause very specific symptoms in an immediate manner. You likely are experiencing effects of dehydration and "hangover.". ...Read more

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Right Eyelid swells badly but yeah is fine. Doctor said looks like an allergy but if it was it would be both eyes. Occurs morn after I drink alcohol. ?

Right Eyelid swells badly but yeah is fine. Doctor said looks like an allergy but if it was it would be both eyes. Occurs morn after I drink alcohol. ?

Hard to tell: It may not just a one -time thing but if it recurs then it may require an allergy evaluation. Allergy is usually associated with itching as well. Of course, if you experience swelling again anywhere after consuming alcohol, the only solution is avoidance. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm taking besivance (besifloxacin) for a conjunctivitis bacterial infection in my eye. can I drink alcohol?

What do you advise if I'm taking besivance (besifloxacin) for a conjunctivitis bacterial infection in my eye. can I drink alcohol?

Every time I get: this question, nobody ever says "can I have one drink, or drink a six pack." One or two occasional social drinks while being treated for an infection is unlikely to cause problems, but any larger amount or regular drinking is a bad idea. Alcohol impairs our immune function and ability to fight infections, and has drug interactions with a large number of meds, including some antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Itchy Eyes (Definition)

Itchy eye is a clinical finding in which a person's eye has a sensation of non-painful ...Read more