Anyone allergic to Liquor?

  • tomjack

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    Apr 13, 2013 3:35 AM GMT

    For the life of me I can't get the image to show up if anyone can post it that would be great... below is the link...

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    So, I have been dealing with these rash/welts/swollen/bruised legs for about a month now. The doc said I have vasculitis... Which develops cause it wants to type of thing.

    Well, I've notice that when i drink hard liquor the next day my legs show these nasty markings... We're not for sure that liquor is causing it but it is a real strong indicator...

    Does this happen to anyone??

  • jo2hotbod

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    Apr 13, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    I think I am, I drink a lot and then puke. I think that means I may be allergic.
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    Apr 13, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    were you taking any medicines before the rashes begin to appear? like vitamin supplements...protein powder etc.?
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    Although I don't have an allergy to alcohol, I do have some food allergies, some severe.

    Do you ever notice any unusual feelings in your mouth/throat when drinking? For me, all food/drink related allergies manifest start with sort of itching/soreness in the mouth, flushing of face and nausea and go from there.

    If the doctor isn't doing any allergy tests, you may need to experiment a little to find out exactly which beverages cause the problem (it could be a common ingredient rather than the alcohol itself). Does wine or beer? Or just hard liquor? Does it go away completely when not drinking?

    It could be too that the high alcohol content is aggravating some other condition.

    Harry7785 saidwere you taking any medicines before the rashes begin to appear? like vitamin supplements...protein powder etc.?


    This is a good point. Weird random rashes/symptoms are common with medication allergies/side effects.
  • tomjack

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    Apr 13, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    All good thoughts:

    I at first attributed these rashes etc. to Terbinafine which is a generic version of Lamisil. The doc. told me that these out breaks would not be so specific on the body. She mentioned that I would have the out break though out the whole body. I have been off that medication for probably two months now.

    Protein powder and supplements don't seem to be the trigger.

    Also, when I first saw a welt it was on my upper thigh hip then it went away and showed up around my ankle then went away and stayed over my shin... then the first major out break happen only on my right lower leg... then it died down and then spread to both lower legs...

    In both instances of major pain out breaks the night prior I had hard liquor.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Apr 13, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    absolutely, it makes me stumbled and talk a lot and want to danceicon_lol.gif
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    Apr 13, 2013 6:16 AM GMT
    tomjack saidAll good thoughts:

    I at first attributed these rashes etc. to Terbinafine which is a generic version of Lamisil. The doc. told me that these out breaks would not be so specific on the body. She mentioned that I would have the out break though out the whole body. I have been off that medication for probably two months now.

    Protein powder and supplements don't seem to be the trigger.

    Also, when I first saw a welt it was on my upper thigh hip then it went away and showed up around my ankle then went away and stayed over my shin... then the first major out break happen only on my right lower leg... then it died down and then spread to both lower legs...

    In both instances of major pain out breaks the night prior I had hard liquor.



    The fact that it gets worse each time is concerning. If it is an allergy, and its getting progressively worse with each exposure, I would advise you to use caution. It could turn into something potentially dangerous.

    Maybe consider seeing an allergist, they may be able to do a skin or RAST test for alcohol.

    Honestly though, if you're not having gastro issues upon consuming or body-wide breakouts, I'm wondering if the drinking is just a coincidence. If I were you, I'd avoid alcohol for a time to see if it clears up. This may be some other health-related issue that requires further doctor examination or a dermatologist.



  • tomjack

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    Apr 13, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    An allergist is something I have never heard of before... hmmm.. I'll look into it.

    Nothing happens gastro wise...

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    Apr 13, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    Well I get gout attacks which are extremely painful.Drinking too much can raise your uric acid levels which causes the attacks.So I cant drink nearly as much as I used too.Good thing is I can get a shot and the attack goes away in like 6-8 hours icon_smile.gif
  • WrestlerBoy

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    Apr 13, 2013 2:31 PM GMT
    "Technically" you are only "allergic" to a protein (you can get very irritated by, say, cigarette smoke, but you can't be "allergic" to it, there's no protein in it).

    I have a handful of friends who get a form of rosacea when they drink red wine....but it's not the alcohol, it's the sulphur in (lots of Italian) wines that sets off the allergic reaction. This is one of the best kept secrets out there....lots of people are allergic to sulphur....and it's in all kinds of alcohols...and also "sprayed" over those very fresh looking vegetables at the market......to keep them looking fresh.

    It will be something in the alcohol setting you off, but I wouldn't think you're allergic to "alcohol", per se.
  • tomjack

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    Apr 13, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    Good to note WrestlerBoy.

    In my case I notice after having Tequila and a 7 and 7... which would be seagrams whiskey.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Apr 13, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    tomjack saidGood to note WrestlerBoy.

    In my case I notice after having Tequila and a 7 and 7... which would be seagrams whiskey.


    If you've already gone to the doctor why are still trying to figure this out?
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    Apr 13, 2013 3:07 PM GMT
    Haha no. I do know I can't hold it worth a damn




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    Apr 13, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
    Is a fish allergic to water?
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    Apr 13, 2013 9:46 PM GMT
    I think vasculitis could be auto-immune. Your body could be producing antibodies against itself. Some people are put on IVIG. If you're only seeing a GP right now, you might want to consider a specialist.
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    Apr 14, 2013 9:42 AM GMT

    The simple thing to do here is stop drinking for a while and see if that solves your problem. I don't use alcohol because I have a reflux problem. I don't miss the alcohol one bit. A really great drink substitute is half cranberry juice and half club soda with a generous squeeze of lime. Drop the lime in after you squeeze it. This tastes great, it's low in calories and it's healthful and hydrating.
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    Apr 14, 2013 10:35 AM GMT
    Not allergic but I hate it anyway so I don't drink it at all.
    In the long run, you'll be healthier for it at least by cutting it out of your life icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 14, 2013 10:52 AM GMT
    That's gotta be the most horrible thing ever
  • SAEMIke

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    Apr 14, 2013 10:59 AM GMT
    My whole body aches when I drink vodka, but I'm fine with whiskey and other liqour.
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:33 AM GMT
    only Champagne. Whenever I drank it, I puke and stay all days in bed. Never drink it again and I hate the smell
  • Aodhan

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    Apr 14, 2013 11:57 AM GMT
    Omg imagine being Irish and allergic to alcohol icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif
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    Apr 14, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    Obviously.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Apr 14, 2013 12:18 PM GMT
    AwkwardAodhan saidOmg imagine being Irish and allergic to alcohol icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif


    They'd throw you out of the country, banished to England.

    Yah, every time I drink too much
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    Apr 14, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidabsolutely, it makes me stumbled and talk a lot and want to danceicon_lol.gif


    above all others..

    +1, THIS! same.

    Then again a decent adequate amount is just lovely, otherwise I feel sorry for myself, beers & wine are so much more closer buddy to me.
  • Aodhan

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    Apr 14, 2013 12:33 PM GMT
    jo2hotbod said
    AwkwardAodhan saidOmg imagine being Irish and allergic to alcohol icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif


    They'd throw you out of the country, banished to England.

    Yah, every time I drink too much


    That is one horrible fate icon_sad.gif