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Allergic against alcohol??

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  • Posted By: undiagnosed022
  • November 22, 2009
  • 04:18 AM

Hello you

I rarely drink alcohol because I don`t like taste and have some problems with my tachycardia.

But today I was out at friend`s place and I have drunken small amounts of pure whiskey.
After a few hours I got very red in face (although don`t drinking much) suddenly a rush of blister-like but non-inflammated papules rose up my dorsal hand and underarm.
They are small and only itch a bit but my friends asked me if I am allergic to alcohol.
I have noticed them since a longer time when drinking alcohol but nobody could explain it...

Luckily the rush only appeared to my arms and don`t affect my whole body and I think that after two or three days it will disappear.

Any similar experiences?

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  • See an allergist/immunologist and have them check your tryptase level which can indicate, when elevated, a mast cell disorder or mastocytosis. These conditions resulting from problems with mast cells in your body/blood hich can cause reactions like this. People with mast cell disease (a cell in the immune system) CAN have a sensitivity to alcohol, chocolate, mouthwash (due to alcohol), tomatoes, and many other things.Some foods, meds increase histamine/tryptase levels in your body which can cause this reaction. Perhaps you are on some medication that is doing this or have developed an allergy.Zyrtec over the counter can control histamine - hives, etc -- it should make all disappear but shouldn't be taken w/ alcohol, sedatives, etc.Take careHello youI rarely drink alcohol because I don`t like taste and have some problems with my tachycardia.But today I was out at friend`s place and I have drunken small amounts of pure whiskey.After a few hours I got very red in face (although don`t drinking much) suddenly a rush of blister-like but non-inflammated papules rose up my dorsal hand and underarm.They are small and only itch a bit but my friends asked me if I am allergic to alcohol.I have noticed them since a longer time when drinking alcohol but nobody could explain it...Luckily the rush only appeared to my arms and don`t affect my whole body and I think that after two or three days it will disappear.Any similar experiences?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 07:11 PM
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  • A condition effecting mast cells in your body can cause a reaction, similar to hives or even anaphylaxis. A mast cell disorder is from the blood/cells in the immune system - we all have them but sometimes, someone will have too many. People with these disorders can have reactions to many foods, medications, etc like flushing, getting red hot ears, hives, etc - some of these things effect histamine levels, which can cause these reactions - like a systemic allergic reaction. As well, histamine can cause palpitations, increased urine output and other symptoms. Perhaps the tach. is related.I have had these lately. Other things that make this worse - opiates, NSAIDS, tomatoes, chocolate, (alcohol/mouthwash), MSG (chinese food), etc. If you get similar feelings after any of these or even with some, I would see an immunologist/allergist or even a dermatologist - but allergist would be better -- or your PCP and ask them to test your tryptase/histamine levels - maybe the histamine and other chemicals in a 24 hour urine collection. An elevated tryptase level can determine partially if there is any issue with mast cells. I take Zyrtec 10mg OTC which is an allergy med that the immunologist I saw prescribe. Mast cells react in your body to injury as well - the other day I fell and cut my knee and I got hives from head to toe which has NEVER happened in my life. But this is a systemic allergic reaction almost. Bizarre. Worth checking into. Good luck:)Hello youI rarely drink alcohol because I don`t like taste and have some problems with my tachycardia...
    rainsky 28 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 08:03 PM
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  • A condition effecting mast cells in your body can cause a reaction, similar to hives or even anaphylaxis. A mast cell disorder is from the blood/cells in the immune system - we all have them but sometimes, someone will have too many. People with these disorders can have reactions to many foods, medications, etc like flushing, getting red hot ears, hives, etc - some of these things effect histamine levels, which can cause these reactions - like a systemic allergic reaction. As well, histamine can cause palpitations, increased urine output and other symptoms. Perhaps the tach. is related.I have had these lately. Other things that make this worse - opiates, NSAIDS, tomatoes, chocolate, (alcohol/mouthwash), MSG (chinese food), etc. If you get similar feelings after any of these or even with some, I would see an immunologist/allergist or even a dermatologist - but allergist would be better -- or your PCP and ask them to test your tryptase/histamine levels - maybe the histamine and other chemicals in a 24 hour urine collection. An elevated tryptase level can determine partially if there is any issue with mast cells. I take Zyrtec 10mg OTC which is an allergy med that the immunologist I saw prescribe. Mast cells react in your body to injury as well - the other day I fell and cut my knee and I got hives from head to toe which has NEVER happened in my life. But this is a systemic allergic reaction almost. Bizarre. Worth checking into. Good luck:)Hello youI rarely drink alcohol because I don`t like taste and have some problems with my tachycardia...Hello rainskyThe alcohol rash now is over but yesterday I also developed again dots (withouth drinking) on arms (maybe from work but I am not exposed to chemicals there)Thank your for your response, the funny thing is that it doesn`t look like the typical urticaria (they are 5 mm or a bit bigger and a bit heightened) and don`t affect the whole body....I had some allergic and intolerance testing months ago but they didn`t find any specific reaction.I am concerned about Lupus because it has started in summer a few years ago and I get this thing also often when sunbathing,although I am not getting sunburnt easily except in the face I get those things on hands,arms and feet.In summer they last over days or a week and I also see some small changes in skin where the dots always appeared.I also have contact dermatitis (the same rash again,also without getting hurt), but this usually lasts a few hours to a day in winter now.Although of not having typically butterfly erythema I am often red in face (since childhood) and since today I have a burning face which looks a bit like sunburn (but I was not in contact with sun this time,only normal lights.???I think it could be Lupus because of reaction or worsening due to-sun-alcohol-contact dermatits (skin sensitivity)-birth controll pill
    undiagnosed022 11 Replies
    • November 26, 2009
    • 08:46 PM
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  • I am having problems with the mast cells and do NOT have uticaria - the blotchy rash shown online that usually goes with this. I do not have that at all. However, my body is reacting to things - cut myself, broke out in hives, got a skin biopsy and got one hive. I also have minor rashes around my body. My chest and face react and turn red to the hot shower, exercise, etc. I had a red lupus like rash on my face for about a year but do NOT have lupus.Lupus is of course a consideration. I had livedo reticularis rash as well which can go along with many things, including lupus but do not have lupus so was very strange. I get sudden itching - will see area on arms very red sometimes - just in the skin like I itched it already but didn't - then will get unbearable itching for some time. But it goes away as fast as it comes on and does not last long. Mast cell/ histamine disorders can cause numerous problems - many different symptoms - so can lupus.I would see your primary for ANA and other rheumo testing. I would also see an allergist/immunologist for testing to know for sure what is going on. Alcohol is not the only thing histamine/mast cells reacts to - can be numerous things - too many to list but can be found online. Good luck
    rainsky 28 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
    • 05:35 PM
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  • I am having problems with the mast cells and do NOT have uticaria - the blotchy rash shown online that usually goes with this. I do not have that at all. However, my body is reacting to things - cut myself, broke out in hives, got a skin biopsy and got one hive. I also have minor rashes around my body. My chest and face react and turn red to the hot shower, exercise, etc. I had a red lupus like rash on my face for about a year but do NOT have lupus.Lupus is of course a consideration. I had livedo reticularis rash as well which can go along with many things, including lupus but do not have lupus so was very strange. I get sudden itching - will see area on arms very red sometimes - just in the skin like I itched it already but didn't - then will get unbearable itching for some time. But it goes away as fast as it comes on and does not last long. Mast cell/ histamine disorders can cause numerous problems - many different symptoms - so can lupus.I would see your primary for ANA and other rheumo testing. I would also see an allergist/immunologist for testing to know for sure what is going on. Alcohol is not the only thing histamine/mast cells reacts to - can be numerous things - too many to list but can be found online. Good luckWell only problem with alcohol that have is a hangover. I really don't drink that often but when I do, I have a small tolerance to it. I really hate the headaches in the morning. I read about this study where they say that sleeping of is not enough any more. It impairs the judgment and it next days is just a struggle with reality.
    Clear-sky 76 Replies
    • December 22, 2009
    • 00:07 PM
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