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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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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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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. Whats 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. Whats 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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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. ...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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I have really dry eyes. I drink a lot of water and i wear daily contact lenses most days. My eyes are constantly dry and itchy. Why?

I have really dry eyes. I drink a lot of water and i wear daily contact lenses most days. My eyes are constantly dry and itchy. Why?

Use artificial tears: It is common for contact lens wearers to complain of dry eyes. To improve your symptoms: use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes a few times a day, take breaks from reading and increase blinking, don't wear your contacts in dry environments (airplane), avoid sleeping or napping in your lenses. If the symptoms persist consider changing your contacts to a more oxygen permeable material. ...Read more

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Is there any recommendation for extra dry itchy skin around eyes and face and to reduce redness, blemish on face, Tia Doctor..

Is there any recommendation for extra dry itchy skin around eyes and face and to reduce redness, blemish on face, Tia Doctor..

Dermatitis: It depends on what is really going on and should be seen by a doctor. It could be contact dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, Lupus, Rosacea, and other etiologies. Each condition would be approached a little different in regards to work-up and treatment. ...Read more

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Does drinking 4-5oz of red wine everyday good for your health? Thanks

Does drinking 4-5oz of red wine everyday good for your health? Thanks

It very well may be: BUT there are serious cautions. If you really kept it to 4-5 ounces and didn't go on to gradually drink more and more, it would probably be fine....even good! But we (doctors) see SO MANY people not be able to keep to this modest amount. There is some evidence that red wine is superior to other forms of alcohol but this evidence is weak. A MODEST daily amount is not harmful; it may well be helpful ...Read more

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Hepatitis b, can I drink red wine?

Hepatitis b, can I drink red wine?

Be careful: If someone has active hepatitis b infection, they are at risk for liver cancer even if they do not have cirrhosis. Alcohol may increase the risk of developing liver cancer, cirrhosis, and liver failure. It is probably safest to eliminate alcohol (maybe a glass of wine on your birthday). ...Read more