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What does it mean when your ankles swell up after drinking alcohol?

What does it mean when your ankles swell up after drinking alcohol?

Alcohol swelling: Beer contains salt which can cause swelling of the preipheral tissues. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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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


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I fractured my ankle 8 days ago and will be on honeymoon on Monday for 10 days . Will drinking alcohol affect the swelling negatively"?

I fractured my ankle 8 days ago and will be on honeymoon on Monday  for 10 days . Will drinking alcohol  affect the swelling negatively"?

It should not: Drinking alcohol in moderation should have no impact on the swelling in your ankle. However, use of Tylenol / acetaminophen and drinking alcohol together increases risk of liver damage (ibuprofen would be ok). Enjoy your honeymoon, and congratulations!! ...Read more

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Hi docs, would drinking alcohol affect the rate at which my foot heals?

Hi docs, would drinking alcohol affect the rate at which my foot heals?

It would help: Knowing what is wrong with your foot, what medical conditions you have, what medications you are on and the quantity of alcohol you plan on consuming. ...Read more

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How can I make my leg pain go away after a night of drinking alcohol?

How can I make my leg pain go away after a night of drinking alcohol?

Reason for pain?: I think the more important question is why is your leg hurting? Drinking alcohol does not cause leg pain. Did you injure it after drinking too much? You need to figure out why the leg is hurting. ...Read more

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My lips swell up after drinking alcohol and big blisters that ooze and can be popped appear in my mouth?

My lips swell up after drinking alcohol and big blisters that ooze and can be popped appear in my mouth?

That's not good: If the symptoms don't resolve quickly this time, or if they spread, one can see his primary care doctor. Avoid alcoholic drinks, and watch to see if any such reactions happen over the next year. The doctor can evaluate any such reactions. If none occur over the next year, one should check with the doctor before thinking about trying any alcoholic drinks again. Alcohol is not necessary for life. ...Read more

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After a night of drinking alcohol the next day my feet swell for 24hrs then goes back to normal?? Also get night sweats and lack of sleep since uni

After a night of drinking alcohol the next day my feet swell for 24hrs then goes back to normal?? Also get night sweats and lack of sleep since uni

Message in a bottle: Your feet are telling you to stay away from alcohol - or make it minimal - before they are damaged badly enough to fail to recover in 1 day. Your inability to process the big change in blood sugar needs an eval. See your Dr. for exam and glucose testing. Avoid diabetes if you can, treat it if you must. Best! ...Read more

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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?

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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My ankle was broken a few years ago, now why does it swells evertime i drink alcohol after a few years of recovery?

My ankle was broken a few years ago,  now why does it swells evertime i drink alcohol after a few years of recovery?

Comorbidities: How much alcohol are we talking about? One liter of bourbon is much different than a glass of wine. There may have been some other problem in your body incurred when you broke your ankle. Perhaps something along the lines of a disruption of circulation. The alcohol may be disrupting your body's ability control fluids and via gravity the fluids are accumulating in this ankle. ...Read more

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After 1 night of drinking alcohol I have alot of blood from my rectum for 2 days, this is every time I drink. And my stomach will swell really tight.

After 1 night of drinking alcohol I have alot of blood from my rectum for 2 days, this is every time I drink. And my stomach will swell really tight.

Alcohol Gastritis: Your Health is Precious! It is likely that you have Alcohol Gastritis. Alcohol can also contribute to developing a Peptic Ulcer See Gastroenterologist Physician for Diagnosis and Treatment. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for Alcohol use, effects on work, relationships, Health and finances, coping skills for stress. Discuss Alcohol Rehab Program and frequent AA Meetings ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol ok.In what quantity.

Unaswerable: You do realize that we are really physicians here. Medicine has little to say about alcohol use unless it is being abused or causing damage to one's health. I believe that unless you have health consequences to your drinking then drinking rarely and slowly is a good piece of advise to remember. Moderation in all things. ...Read more

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Are there any positive benefits to drinking alcohol?

Possibly-low doses: There have been associations (which does not necessarily mean that alcohol is the CAUSE of the effect) between low dose alcohol (up to 2 drinks per day in men and 1 drink in women and men over 60) and improvement in HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), with a lower rate of coronary heart disease/heart attack, which are the major cause of death in the western world. Exercise works even better. ...Read more

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What are the effects of drinking alcohol on the body?

What are the effects of drinking alcohol on the body?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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I occasionally have pain after drinking alcohol. Why?

Pain where??: If you ever put alcohol on a cut, you know that it is toxic to tissues - it burns! That is not just true of isopropyl alcohol but ethyl (beverage) alcohol as well. People can get pain in their mouth and throats, esophagus, stomach and duodenum from drinking excessive alcohol, or for those with particular sensitivity. It can also inflame the liver and pancreas, causing abdominal and back pain. ...Read more

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Can there be any harmfull effects of drinking alcohol?

One drink per day: In a healthy individual one drink per day on average is considered okay. Drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis has damaging effects on multiple body systems with well-documented negative effects on brain, liver, cardiovascular system, connective tissue/skin, immune system, blood, & so forth. If you cannot stick to one drink per day consider avoiding alcohol. Do not drink with meds. ...Read more

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Are there any science prooved benefits of drinking alcohol?

May increase HDL: Moderate alcohol use may increase HDL (good cholesterol), which may help lower the risk of heart disease. But too much alcohol can increase triglycerides, which would increase the risk of heart disease. The key is to drink in moderation. If you currently don't drink, don't start drinking for the possible health benefits. The moderate alcohol use is 1-2 drinks/day for men and 1 drink/day for women. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any benefits of drinking alcohol/liquor?

Please tell me if there are any benefits of drinking alcohol/liquor?

For every + a -: You've probably read the stories of one glass of wine or spirits per day does this thing that's great for you. On the other side of this argument is a body of research that says that no amount of alcohol is ever good. Use in moderation or responsibly please, but don't expect any "health benefits". ...Read more

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How do I detox from drinking alcohol ?

How do I detox from drinking alcohol ?

Alcoholic: There are many places where you can see a specialist through your alcoholism. Do not wait too long! ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol increase dopamine?

Does drinking alcohol increase dopamine?

Alcohol, Dopamine: Alcohol increases the release of Dopamine in brain’s “reward center. By increasing Dopamine levels in the brain, alcohol tricks you into thinking that it’s actually making your feel great. The effect is that you keep drinking to get more Dopamine release, but at the same time you’re altering other brain chemicals that are enhancing feelings of depression. ...Read more

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Puking after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Puking after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Not drink???: Your body, via your stomach, is telling you that you are taking in something that disagrees with it, and perhaps you should listen. You may already have gastritis or pancreatitis and the alcohol may be making these worse (or causing them, for that matter). When people keep doing something despite it causing them problems, then they have a problem with that "something," whether alcohol or heroin. ...Read more

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Why do you get itchy after drinking alcohol?

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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What causes blackout after drinking alcohol?

What causes blackout after drinking alcohol?

It's theorized that: Alcohol consumption impairs the transmission of neurotransmitters in the hippocampus of the brain especially gaba/ gamma amino-butyric acid and n methyl d aspartate, thus causing the black out. Bottoms up! http://en.M.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/blackout_(alcohol-related_amnesia). ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more