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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?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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.?

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.?

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. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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I feel itchy after drinking alcohol how to stop it?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

Dr. Daniel Quon
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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?

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?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Can not drinking enough water cause you to have severe itchy skin.

Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Can not drinking enough water cause you to have severe itchy skin.

Should not: While hydration is important, diminished water intake should not cause xerosis (dry skin). ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Is itchy skin normal in alcohol withdrawal?

Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Is itchy skin normal in alcohol withdrawal?

Yes: It is a common symptom.

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
25 years in practice
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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?

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?

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
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Can alcohol consumption cause itchy watery eyes?

Dr. Jon Fishburn
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
25 years in practice
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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. Marc Zimmermann
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