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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. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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How can you cure a headache?

How can you cure a headache?

Prevention: Multiple preventative meds present, including topirimate, depakote, beta-blockers, botox, but also otc, such as riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew, magnesium, co-q-10. Some foods act as triggers and lists can be "googled". Bright lights and strong odors can be problems also. Discuss with your doc and try one or more of the above. ...Read more

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Best ways to cure a headache?

Best ways to cure a headache?

Prevention: It is important to find the cause of headache, especially if it more than an occasional headache and prevent the triggers for the headache. For an occasional headache, any of the over the counter headache remedies will work. ...Read more

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How can I cure constant headaches?

How can I cure constant headaches?

Depends on cause: First you need a diagnosis of the cause. Headaches (has) can be caused by muscle tension, migraines, tumors, infections, etc. Once you know the cause, it's easier to determine a treatment. Ex: many has diagnosed as recurrent 'tension' has are actually due to treatable problems in the neck, head bones, upper back, ribs, etc. An osteopathic dr. (unlike most md's) can diagnose & treat these causes. ...Read more