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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Does drinking wine cause headaches?

Does drinking wine cause headaches?

Yes, in some people: Drinking red wine causes headaches in some people, but white wine doesn't cause a problem. The cause for "red wine headache" is uncertain, but is likely due to a chemical in red wine. Also, drinking beer, wine, or liquor causes flushing (red skin) and some headache, in people who get too much aldehyde (from alcohol metabolism) when drinking alcohol. The aldehyde problem is a genetic condition.

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Dr. Julian Bragg Dr. Bragg
Neurology
13 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Migraine headaches. What kinds of wine cause them, and which ones don't?

Migraine headaches. What kinds of wine cause them, and which ones don't?

Depends on person: While red wine is a more common migraine trigger than white (possibly due to the Amino Acid tyramine), there is significant person-to-person variability. Keeping track of your personal triggers is the best approach overall.

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Dr. Elise Sadoun Dr. Sadoun
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Small amt alcohol (1/4 gl wine, etc) cause chills/sweats, headache, shaking, floating feeling. No flush, big person, caucasian, one drink rarely. Why?

Small amt alcohol (1/4 gl wine, etc) cause chills/sweats, headache, shaking, floating feeling. No flush, big person, caucasian, one drink rarely. Why?

Liver processing: Alcohol is processed in the liver, and it depends on a particular liver enzyme. If that enzyme is deficient, or your liver is impaired for some reason, alcohol can have a bad effect on you.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can Gerd cause dizzy spells and headache. Currently on pariet suddenly not working? Do drink wine

Can Gerd cause dizzy spells and headache. Currently on pariet suddenly not working? Do drink wine

GERD dizzy: Not likely GERD. Do 2nd opinion with me and we can figure out what is going. On. Or better yet see your Dr. There. Did they ell you to put the head of your bed on 8 inch blocks to see if this helps. Often does.

Dr. Jenny Sung Dr. Sung
Pediatrics
20 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Why do I have a headache that starts a few minutes after 2 ounces of white wine, while other people have no problem?

Why do I have a headache that starts a few minutes after 2 ounces of white wine, while other people have no problem?

Everyone's different: Headache from wine is suspected to be caused by histamine and tyramine in wine. Histamine can dilate blood vessels and tyramine can raise blood pressure which can lead to headaches. Some people seem less able to metabolize these two chemicals or are more sensitive to their effects.

Dr. James Marx Dr. Marx
Pain Management
44 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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What can you do for a headache from too much wine?

What can you do for a headache from too much wine?

Drink less: See how that works. Also may want try a better wine. Sometimes caused by degradation products of alcohol that your body can't clear fast enough. Probably should get some liver function tests.

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Headaches after drinking wine, why?

Headaches after drinking wine, why?

Headaches: Your headaches following drinking wine may be due to the sulfides found in wine.

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Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
42 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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Why does red wine give me headache?

Happens sometimes: May be due to your blood vessels in the head dialate causing the headache. Or some ingredient in the wine may be attritubale to your headache. Difficult to answer.

Dr. Ravi Srivastava Dr. Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
32 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Old wives tale that mixing beer and wine will make it more likely that you'll get a headache? What's the science behind it? Or is this just rubbish?

Old wives tale that mixing beer and wine will make it more likely that you'll get a headache? What's the science behind it? Or is this just rubbish?

Too much drinking: Mixing drinks like drinking beer, wine, different kind of spirits cause problems mainly because it is too much drinking. The problems come from high alcohol content in your blood. The same problems can come from drinking one kind of alcohol in large amounts.

Dr. David Shulan Dr. Shulan
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
37 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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I think im allergic to red wine. Get headaches.?

I think im allergic to red wine. Get headaches.?

Not a true allergy: Red wine can trigger headaches by affecting blood vessels. It is not an allergic reaction as it is due to a non-immune mechanism, but you would still want to avoid it.

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Dr. Cornelius Dooley Dr. Dooley
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
National University of Ireland University College at Dublin
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I would like to be able to have a glass of wine without getting a headache within a couple hours. Any suggestions (besides motrin)? Even tried organic

I would like to be able to have a glass of wine without getting a headache within a couple hours. Any suggestions (besides motrin)? Even tried organic

Difficult: The cause of headaches with moderate wine drinking is a mystery; some people find that red wines are worse than white; is this true for you? While much has been written about sulfites in wine (antibacterial), there is no good evidence that this is the culprit; there are many biological active compounds in wine and any one of them could be a culprit for any person; some say delectus wines are diffe.

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Dr. Alexander Mauskop Dr. Mauskop
Neurology
38 years in practice
Uzgorod University Faculty of Medicine
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I keep getting severe headaches every night at the same time after having a glass of red wine and dinner?

I keep getting severe headaches every night at the same time after having a glass of red wine and dinner?

It's a migraine: Wine is a common migraine trigger. Cluster headaches are also triggered by alcohol and often occur at the same time every night, but they usually start immediately after ingesting alcohol. Sulfites occur naturally, but are also added to wine as a preservative and are at least in part are responsible for headaches. Vodka is less likely to cause headaches because it is pure alcohol, but it also can.

Dr. Michael Murray Dr. Murray
Surgery
29 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Dr. Justin Greiwe Dr. Greiwe
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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I always get a slight headache+nasal congestion after my 1st beer. This goes away by the 3rd beer. Same with wine. Why? How to make this go away?

I always get a slight headache+nasal congestion after my 1st beer. This goes away by the 3rd beer. Same with wine. Why? How to make this go away?

Gustatory Rhinitis: Non-allergic or gustatory rhinitis is acute onset of running and congestion after exposure to certain foods or drinks. Your symptoms might be explained by your exposure to alcoholic beverages. Certain nasal spray's can dry the nasal passages and can be used prior to exposure to decrease frequency and severity of symptoms. Ask your Allergist for more details.

Dr. Kathryn Ko Dr. Ko
Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
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Drank 4l of water in approx. 1, 5 hrs, plus two glasses of wine. Four hours later no headache, but light headed. Is water intoxication still an option?

Drank 4l of water in approx. 1, 5 hrs, plus two glasses of wine. Four hours later no headache, but light headed. Is water intoxication still an option?

No: Try to slow your intake down next time. You will urinate the excess water thanks to the wine. Avoid this also "when wine becomes your water".

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Got concussed 2weeks ago. Ct scan good. Occasional mild headaches still. Also mild chest pain /cramp. Related? And can I sparingly drink wine?

Got concussed 2weeks ago. Ct scan good. Occasional mild headaches still. Also mild chest pain /cramp. Related? And can I sparingly drink wine?

Normal so far: Headaches are normal so far. To be safe you should abstain from alcohol until the headaches stop. Chest pain is not related to concussion, but could be related to anxiety and stress.

Dr. Michael Rothman Dr. Rothman
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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My husband has had headaches for 5 days straight he is 54 yes if age. Do u know what the cause might be?

My husband has had headaches for 5 days straight he is 54 yes if age. Do u know what the cause might be?

Is this new?: Is this unsual for him? Has he overeaten? Eaten too much junk food? Sugar? Caffiene withdrawal? Mold exposure? Viral syndrome? High blood pressure? Does he have other symptoms? More information is needed to give a better answer.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Dr. David Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Pain Management
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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My husband started using Advocare products and his moods seem different than normal plus he has more headaches. Could Advocare cause these changes?

My husband started using Advocare products and his moods seem different than normal plus he has more headaches. Could Advocare cause these changes?

Its possible: There have been several controvertial issues/reports regarding these products. I would stop them for a week or so and see if mood and headaches improve. If both issues return after restarting then I think you have your answer.