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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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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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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