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Doctor insights on: Itchy Legs From Red Wine

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After I drink several glasses of red wine, my right calf swells up, my leg aches, and I get an itchy rash behind my knee. What's going on?

After I drink several glasses of red wine, my right calf swells up, my leg aches, and I get an itchy rash behind my knee. What's going on?

Reaction to sulfites: Is possible. Sometimes, more expensive red wines can contain sulfites. I don't know why your left calf will be spared though. Stick with cheap white wine. ...Read more

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Itchy legs and arms with redness and small bombs.

Itchy legs and arms with redness and small bombs.

See your doctor: Symptoms like these have to be evaluated in real-time by your physician. He/she has access to your examination, laboratrory data and many other diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what's going on and offer you help. ...Read more

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Itchy legs 6yr ago&became red little spots all over, and are redder when sweat. Blood test is normal. Itchy again, but rash is big like coin. Related?

Itchy legs 6yr ago&became red little spots all over, and are redder when sweat. Blood test is normal. Itchy again, but rash is big like coin. Related?

See a doctor: They sound like hives/urticaria. Unfortunately sometimes we can't find a cause. Possibly your body reacts to heat/moisture as if it is allergic. I would see a doctor again, but meanwhile, try diphenhydramine/benadryl for the itch and rash. Taking a pill like zyrtec/allegra/claritin daily could also help. ...Read more

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My skin is dry & itchy. Legs, back, arms, neck, ears, face. Red patches on arms. Confused. What could be wrong? Medication. What disease is this? Thx.

My skin is dry & itchy. Legs, back, arms, neck, ears, face. Red patches on arms. Confused. What could be wrong? Medication. What disease is this? Thx.

Need to know more: Although the description is compatible with atopic eczema (since you probably have allergic rhinitis as well as evidenced by the sneezing), it is not possible to tell without a direct examination. Consult an allergist or dermatologist. In meanwhile be sure to bathe daily and apply a skin moisturizer immediately after having sponge dried your skin. ...Read more

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Wondering why face feels flushed and itchy when drink red wine?

Wondering why face feels flushed and itchy when drink red wine?

Blood vessels dilate: Does this happen with all alcohol or just red wine? Many individuals will have histamine release due to alcohol exposure which results in the flushing. If symptoms are directly related to red wine, the culprit may be the tannins or the sulfates in the wine. Try wine low in tannins or organic sulfate free wine. ...Read more

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Can red wine aggravate itchy skin rash?

Can red wine aggravate itchy skin rash?

Yes: Alcohol increases the blood flow (thus the temperature) to the skin and red wine has been found to contain a histamine-releasing factor. Both conditions tend to make itching worse. ...Read more

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Why I get itchy hives after drinking certain alcoholic beverages i.E. Beer, some red wine etc but ok with others?  

Why I get itchy hives after drinking certain alcoholic beverages i.E. Beer, some red wine etc but ok with others?  

Tough question: Because wine & beer don't share common ingredients other than alcohol & you tolerate other alcoholic beverages. You might have 2 allergies - hops & something else in wine. Try michelob - supposedly made with rice hops. Is there a pattern to your wine hives - grape variety, region of origin, etc. Or be the designated driver. You may not be the life of the party but you will help save lives. ...Read more

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I'm reading online that itchy legs are a symptom of cancer! Is this true?

I'm reading online that itchy legs are a symptom of cancer! Is this true?

Rarely: Cancer is not a common reason to have itching on your kegs. Internet is not a good source of information about a common probelm which can have many many causes.
I would advise you to see your family doctor for physical examination to determine why you have the itching probelm and offer you treatment. A skin specialist (dermatologist) can also be helpful if the problem continues unabated. ...Read more

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What's the likelihood of daughter getting MS with dad having it? She is c/o itchy legs and crawling sensation on legs.

What's the likelihood of daughter getting MS with dad having it? She is c/o itchy legs and crawling sensation on legs.

Quite low: Statistically about 3% and that figure may be on the high side. The described symptoms could be due to a dermatological condition, and less likely a peripheral nerve problem and very unlikely to represent multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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I have itchy legs but no rash for 5 months. I tried different meds / creams but nothing helps. I have not done anything different from before.?

I have itchy legs but no rash for 5 months. I tried different meds / creams but nothing helps. I have not done anything different from before.?

Maybe allergic: You can develop new allergies with age. Some people with similar symptoms get good relief with an oral antihistamine such as loratadine. Simple measures you've tried haven't worked, so you should get this checked out. ...Read more

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After taking erythromycin, I notice itchy legs. Am I allergic?

After taking erythromycin, I notice itchy legs. Am I allergic?

Likely.: Or on the verge. Testing is tough to do and hard to interpret. For safety find a new antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have very itchy legs, what to do?

I have very itchy legs, what to do?

Have it evaluated: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Itchy legs no rash

Itchy legs no rash

Details: Are you looking for a diagnosis, a referral, or a treatment? Please provide more details in your question. ...Read more

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What could cause severely itchy legs at bedtime? Only bedtime and only the legs. Not bed bugs husband has no itch.

What could cause severely itchy legs at bedtime? Only bedtime and only the legs. Not bed bugs husband has no itch.

Skin lesions present: If you do not have any skin lesions present you may just have dry skin on your legs. This is very common especially in the winter. Do not use any type of soap on your legs. Before you go to bed apply a moisturizer that is a cream or an ointmentand in the morning apply a lotion. Keep your showers short and don't use hot water. Never shower more than once a day and if possible skip a day. ...Read more