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Dr. Maulik Shah Dr. Shah
Clinical Genetics
20 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Why do my cheeks get red and hot, and my eyes burn, when I drink red wine? This never use to happen to me. Barely started happening recently.

Why do my cheeks get red and hot, and my eyes burn, when I drink red wine? This never use to happen to me. Barely started happening recently.

Rosacea?: You may be developing rosacea, a skin disease of unknown cause. It affects about 16 million people and often affects middle aged females of fair complexion. Many triggering factors are known including red wine. I recommend the website, www. Rosacea. Org, which is a national organization devoted exclusively to people affected with rosacea. Also, a dermatologist is an excellent physcian to evaluate.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What type of doctor should I see if I have swollen, incredibly itchy eyes and red patches on my skin as well as dry, patchy and itchy neck?

What type of doctor should I see if I have swollen, incredibly itchy eyes and red patches on my skin as well as dry, patchy and itchy neck?

Primary care: It would be prudent to start with a primary care provider. She/he may be able to address the issue, If not, the doctor will make a determination of the nature of the lesion and provide an appropriate referral. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

Dr. Pierre Guibor Dr. Guibor
Ophthalmology
51 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I have dry sore red itchy eyes accompanied with eye flothers I suffer from dandruff in my eyelashes?

I have dry sore red itchy eyes accompanied with eye flothers I suffer from dandruff in my eyelashes?

Dry Eye?: You really need to see an ophthalmologist for evaluation. However, you should have a full dilated exam to rule out retinal detachment and / or breaks in the retina and dry eye work up. Johnson baby shampoo of brown and lashes daily important.

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Does oxymetazoline eye drops help with burning, itchy eyes, or only to remove redness?

Does oxymetazoline eye drops help with burning, itchy eyes, or only to remove redness?

Anti-allergic: This is an anti-histamine which has some degree of effectiveness (it used to be a prescription only item). It will help with burning and itching that is of allergic origin. Any redness removed will be due to the anti-allergic effectiveness.

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I am experiencing itchy eyes, sensation of something in eye, shadow over part of vision and eyelid redness.

I am experiencing itchy eyes, sensation of something in eye, shadow over part of vision and eyelid redness.

Eye symptoms: Your symptoms, especially the shadow over part of vision, indicate the need for you to see an opthalmologist ASAP. You MAY have a retinal tear. Peace and good health.

Dr. Gary Reiter Dr. Reiter
Ophthalmology
years in practice
University of California, Irvine
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My Son is experiencing itchy eyes, eyelid redness and red or bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only). Am I able to treat him with maxitrol? We were seen at urgent care 2 days ago and I do not want to have to take him back if at all possible.

My Son is experiencing itchy eyes, eyelid redness and red or bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only). Am I able to treat him with maxitrol? We were seen at urgent care 2 days ago and I do not want to have to take him back if at all possible.

Herpes Simplex?: Yes, you can treat him with maxitrol IF he DOES NOT have herpes simplex of the eye. If you do not know this, then take him to the eye doctor before giving him this medicine which contains a steroid. The very best of wishes for health

Dr. Jeffrey Whitman Dr. Whitman
Ophthalmology
41 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Red but not itchy eyes. What can I do for relief?

Red but not itchy eyes. What can I do for relief?

Dryness: Try over the counter artificial tears four times a day and see if this helps.

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Dr. Alan Jackson Dr. Jackson
Addiction Medicine
26 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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How to treat red, swollen, itchy eyes?

How to treat red, swollen, itchy eyes?

Allergy drops: If the problem is ocular allergy there are prescription allergy drops that are very effective in controlling eye symptoms. Oral allergy medicine can also help with allergy eye symptoms. Cold compresses will decrease redness swelling, and itching.

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Dr. Gary Hirshfield Dr. Hirshfield
Ophthalmology
31 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Is it normal to get red and itchy eyes when wearing contact lenses for more than 8 hours?

Is it normal to get red and itchy eyes when wearing contact lenses for more than 8 hours?

Contact lenses: It may not be "normal" but it sure is common. Contact lenses can irritate the eyes due to dryness, allergy or poor material or fit. Sometimes contact lens intolerance can develop. It is important to have the underlying condition treated (allergy etc.) and to be sure that the fit, material and handling are all optimized and to minimize use time if possible.

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Dr. Vicki Levine Dr. Levine
Dermatology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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I usually have itchy eyes during night and I don't feel to stop itching or rubbing my eyes which makes them red, teary and swollen. What to do?

I usually have itchy eyes during night and I don't feel to stop itching or rubbing my eyes which makes them red, teary and swollen. What to do?

Too dry in room?: Is there alot of heat in your toom that is drying the air out. If so, you want to get a humidifier. If you do not itch during the day, it is probably not allergies. You could also put sterile eyedrops in your eye before bed and see if that helps.

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Dr. Michael Kermani Dr. Kermani
Ophthalmology
20 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Itchy eyes and itchy red face?

Itchy eyes and itchy red face?

Allergy Likely: These symptoms are typical from allergic responses. Commonly, these could be from either environmental/seasonal allergy or a contact dermatitis type response (surface flare or inflammation due to coming in direct contact with something you are sensitive to). If basic allergy medications or eye drops do not give adequate relief, see your primary doctor or an allergist or ophthalmologist.

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Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
Ophthalmology
26 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Girlfriend itchy eyes and itchy red face?

Girlfriend itchy eyes and itchy red face?

Allergic reaction: You could have an allergic response to something, whether food, lotions, medications or other. You can trial Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and topical eye drops such as zaditor. You could also have dry skin I suppose too. If you don't respond or get worse, you may need to see a physician who may prescribe oral steroids. Additionally, an exam of your type of skin reaction can lead to clues to the diagnosis. Good luck.

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Dr. Laura Cozzarelli Dr. Cozzarelli
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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My 1 1/2 year old has red itchy eyes. What can I do to help her?

My 1 1/2 year old has red itchy eyes. What can I do to help her?

Could be allergy..: Most of the time eye itchiness signifies allergy in the eye. You can first try cool compresses and artificial tears to wash the allergens out. If that doesn't do the trick, over-the-counter drops like alaway and zaditor (ketotifen) can help (but check with a pediatrician for a 1-1/2 year old).

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Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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I rubbed my itchy eyes and now it's really red, puffy, and watery. What should I do?

I rubbed my itchy eyes and now it's really red, puffy, and watery. What should I do?

See a practitioner: If it does not improve. Rubbing itchy eyes can make them more irritated, so best to figure out cause.

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman Dr. Whitman
Ophthalmology
41 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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Are eye drops the only solution for red, itchy eyes?

Are eye drops the only solution for red, itchy eyes?

No: Depends on the problem. If there's something anatomic that can be treated, or some irritant that can be removed/avoided, or some treatment like punctal plug for associated dry eye...

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