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Dr. Alan Ali
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I have an itchy scalp and really itchy skin after drinking alcohol. Am I having an allergic reaction?

I have an itchy scalp and really itchy skin after drinking alcohol. Am I having an allergic reaction?

Alcohol: Not likely. Depending on how much you drink, you need to talk to your doctor about doing blood work to check on your liver. ...Read more

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Itchy Skin (Definition)

Often pertains to skin that is dry and ...Read more


Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
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My husband is alcoholic and in pain in stoumach when he drinks he also has itchy skin but no rash could this b liver failure?

My husband is alcoholic and in pain in stoumach when he drinks he also has itchy skin  but no rash could this b liver failure?

Could be: It might just be alcoholic hepatitis, but it could also be cirrhosis. Alcoholics also commonly get gastritis, or inflammation of the lining of the stomach, so that could be involved as well. The itchy skin does suggest a liver problem. Is he jaundiced (yellow)? He needs help! please have him see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Can alcohol consumption cause itchy watery eyes?

Can alcohol consumption cause itchy watery eyes?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I feel itchy after drinking alcohol how to stop it?

I feel itchy after drinking alcohol how to stop it?

You are likely: sensitive to one of the components in alcohol. The answer is stopping alcohol use. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Quon
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Why do you get itchy after drinking alcohol?

Why do you get itchy after drinking alcohol?

Possible causes: Redness or itching after drinking alcohol could be an allergic reaction. It could also be related to a deficiency of aldehyde dehydrogenase, an enzyme that breaks down alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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R Eyelid swells & not itchy. Dr said looks allergy but would be in both eyes. Happens after drinking alcohol or stress/anxiety. Stumped on what causes?

R Eyelid swells & not itchy. Dr said looks allergy but would be in both eyes. Happens after drinking alcohol or stress/anxiety. Stumped on what causes?

Alcohol flush syn : I found the following explanation in Wikipedia: "Alcohol flush reaction is a condition in which an individual develops flushes or blotches associated with erythema on the face, neck, shoulders, and, in some cases, the entire body after consuming alcoholic beverages. The reaction is the result of an accumulation of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of the catabolic metabolism of alcohol". ...Read more

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