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Why does my face, elbows and knees turn red and and get itchy when I drink alcoholic drinks? Has happened ever since after my daughter was born in '13

Why does my face, elbows and knees turn red and and get itchy when I drink alcoholic drinks? Has happened ever since after my daughter was born in '13

Enzyme deficiency: Women naturally have a lower amount of an enzyme which breaks down alcohol. Sex hormone levels also affect the level of this enzyme. Besides that you may have mast cell dysfunction affecting the levels of histamine. Testing would be required to determine which of these it is ...Read more

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Alcoholic, 56 years old healthy male, eats healthy, exercises but his eyes are always red, he drinks nearly three litres of bear a day?

Alcoholic, 56 years old healthy male, eats healthy, exercises but his eyes are always red, he drinks nearly three litres of bear a day?

Doubt he is"healthy": Alcohol causes prominent dilation of many blood vessels, including those of the conjuntivae, hence red eyes in drinkers. You say 'no meds" but then list a bunch of diabetes medications. This amount of alcohol in a diabetic is suicide on installment plan (even in a non-diabetic). This level of drinking will almost certainly make control of diabetes difficult, as well as damaging liver, brain etc. ...Read more

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Does red wine contain something specifically good for you that other alcoholic beverages don't contain?

Does red wine contain something specifically good for you that other alcoholic beverages don't contain?

Resveratrol: Resveratrol is found in red wine (as well as other plant based foods) and is thought to help with anti-aging, cancer prevention, heart disease prevention, etc. The "medical jury" is still out and awaiting the outcome of unbiased studies to determine its possible benefits. So, drink red wine to enjoy it and not for any perceived health benefits, but limit your alcohol to 1/day for women, 2 for men. ...Read more

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Turn bright red and blotchy and hot, sweaty when i indulge in any alcoholic drink or am very nervous.. Not rosachea. I have asthma (see dr.)?

Turn bright red and blotchy and hot, sweaty when i indulge in any alcoholic drink or am very nervous.. Not rosachea. I have asthma (see dr.)?

Alcohodehydrogenase : Many people, especially asians and native americans lack an enzyme needed to digest alcohol. Using alcohol causes these people to get flushed, and they require much lower amounts to get intoxicated be careful and safe. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic. Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?

I have high cholesterol, but am also a recovering alcoholic.  Is there anything that does the job as well as red wine without the alcohol?

Yes: Red wine contains interesting molecules, but anyone who tells you this is the best way to lower cholesterol is joking with you. One of the key "red wine" papers was a fraud. Your physician has almost certainly recommended diet, exercise, and perhaps a statin (use only if the others fail and get a 2nd opinion). Very glad you are recovering -- this move will be a greater plus than anything else. ...Read more

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Can hsv2 cause a red rash that scabs over with white dry crusted scab, get it around the corner of my mouth and worse while drinking alcoholic drinks?

Can hsv2 cause a red rash that scabs over with white dry crusted scab, get it around the corner of my mouth and worse while drinking alcoholic drinks?

Possibly: If so, and it recurs, it would probably either heal quickly or get re-infected over and over. The only way to really know is a culture early in the process as it may be free of active virus very quickly. ...Read more

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Why fatigue/nausea/red palms if previous severe alcoholic hepatitis but no current alcohol?

Why fatigue/nausea/red palms if previous severe alcoholic hepatitis but no current alcohol?

See your doctor: prior alcoholic hepatitis may progress to cirrhosis even in the absence of continuing alcohol use, particularly in patients who are hepatitis C positive. You need ongoing blood work, and may need specialized testing (liver ultrasound and perhaps ultimately biopsy). There may be other causes, so a full evaluation by your PCP is in order. ...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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