Alcohol intolerance - also known by the pseudo-names Asian flush, Asian glow, alcohol allergy, is a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of Asians and tens of thousands of non-Asians.
Alcohol intolerance Is a medical condition that causes the sufferer to experience a variety of alcohol intolerance symptoms when alcohol is consumed. Generally alcohol intolerance is a genetic condition that is treatable. Alcohol intolerance not only makes drinking alcohol uncomfortable and/or embarrassing but an even bigger concern is recent scientific evidence indicates sufferers of alcohol intolerance have significantly elevated risks of certain types of cancer if the alcohol intolerance goes untreated.
[This page will discuss many different aspects of alcohol intolerance including:]
alcohol intolerance symptoms | signs of alcohol intolerance | cause of alcohol intolerance | alcohol intolerance itchy skin | alcohol intolerance headache | alcohol intolerance testing | alcohol intolerance medicine | alcohol intolerance treatment
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[ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE SYMPTOMS]
Alcohol intolerance symptoms begin shortly after the sufferer consumes alcohol. Symptoms of alcohol intolerance can vary widely. Some sufferers of alcohol intolerance only experience one or two symptoms mildly only once in a great while ( not every time they drink alcohol). Other alcohol intolerance sufferers get a whole host of symptoms making them feel incredibly ill with reactions on the verge of violent that occur every single time they drink. Most people with alcohol intolerance are somewhere in between.
Alcohol intolerance symptoms include:
⊸red face ( most common symptom ).
⊸red areas or patches on different parts of the body, typically shoulders, chest, back, arms, legs ( also referred to as alcohol allergy hives ).
⊸nasal/breathing difficulties including congestion, runny nose, difficulty breathing, and overall sensation of upper body bloating.
[SIGNS OF ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE]
Alcohol intolerance is fairly easy to diagnose. The signs of alcohol intolerance are the symptoms indicated above. One thing you should be aware of is not everyone experiences alcohol intolerance symptoms every single time they drink. In other words if you experience the above symptoms only occasionally this does not mean you do not have to alcohol intolerance. Some people with alcohol intolerance experience symptoms every single time they drink. Others experience symptoms only once in a great while. If you experience the above symptoms of alcohol intolerance at least once every five times you drink the net is a clear sign you have alcohol intolerance.
[CAUSE OF ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE]
The cause of alcohol intolerance is a genetic condition. When you consume alcohol your body immediately goes to work in an attempt to remove it from your body simply because alcohol has no healthful benefits. The breakdown of alcohol is different than the breakdown of food. Initially when alcohol is being broken down by your body a side effect is the production of a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is actually more toxic than alcohol itself. Normally at this point the liver will begin producing enzymes to neutralize the acetaldehyde. The main enzyme being aldehyde dehydrogenase. What distinguishes people with alcohol intolerance from people who do not have alcohol intolerance is people who have alcohol intolerance either do not produce enough of the aldehyde dehydrogenase and/or the aldehyde dehydrogenase produced is largely inactive. The end result of the person with alcohol intolerance is higher than normal & acceptable levels of toxic acetaldehyde in the body of the person drinking alcohol. This produces all the previously mentioned symptoms.
[ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE ITCHY SKIN]
Although not the most common symptom one of the more common symptoms of alcohol intolerance is alcohol allergy hives. Characterized by red areas or patches on different parts of the body. Quite often these red patches are accompanied by itchy bumps. The visual appearance of alcohol intolerance hives is similar to poison ivy. This can be treated locally using an anti-itch medication with hydrocortisone which can be purchased from any drugstore.
[ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE HEADACHE]
Headaches associated with alcohol allergy can vary in intensity. Some alcohol intolerance sufferers describe the headache as being so intense that it seems like a migraine headache. Although some of the symptoms of alcohol intolerance are a mere annoyance a symptom such as alcohol intolerance headache can and often do completely ruin the enjoyment of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol intolerance headache can be treated in the short term using a pain reliever medication purchased over-the-counter. If you drink alcohol with any sort of regularity and experience alcohol intolerance headaches regularly the use of pain relievers is not recommended for the treatment of alcohol intolerance. [SEE [links to alcohol intolerance treatments/cures:]
[ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE TESTING]
There is actually a web site called decodeMe which you can visit to be tested for alcohol allergy. The way the decodeMe alcohol intolerance testing works is you visit the web site and choose the scan you want done. For alcohol intolerance testing you would choose the alcohol allergy scan. The website send you a DNA sample extractor. You would use the DNA collector to collect a DNA sample from inside your cheek. Send a DNA sample to the decodeMe physical address. Your results are revealed to you within 14 days. Note that this test will not tell you specifically if you have alcohol intolerance or not. The test will tell you your genetic risk factor for alcohol intolerance based upon your DNA sample. You should note the decodeMe testing costs around $1000.
[ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE MEDICINE]
At the current time there is no specific medicine for the purpose of preventing or curing alcohol intolerance. This is not to say there are no ways to prevent alcohol intolerance symptoms when you drink alcohol ( see below ). There is a myth floating around that heartburn medications Pepcid AC or Zantac can be used to effectively prevent Asian flush or alcohol intolerance. The H2-blockers and both these medicines can reduce facial redness associated with alcohol intolerance. It is critical to note the use of either of these H2-blockers does nothing to treat the root cause of alcohol intolerance which is the elevated toxic acetaldehyde. If you use H2-blockers in attempt to treat alcohol intolerance ignoring the elevated acetaldehyde levels you run significantly increased risks of esophageal cancer associated with alcohol intolerance. (see http://www.redfacefromalcohol.com/
[ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE TREATMENT]
The only tested effective alcohol intolerance symptom prevention is known on the Internet by the name no red face formula ( http://www.noredfaceformula.info ). The no red face formula is a downloadable PDF document. Inside this document is a recipe of all-natural ingredients you purchase at a health food store. This concoction of ingredients was devised and developed by Jeremy Hawking - creator of the no red-faced formula. Jeremy Hawking was also a previous sufferer of alcohol intolerance symptoms when consuming alcohol. The no red-faced formula is reported to be astoundingly effective with 100% success rate in over 10,000 people tested who previously suffered alcohol intolerance symptoms. The no red-faced formula can be purchased and downloaded at a one-time price of $37. The no red-faced formula is 100% guaranteed to work and prevent alcohol intolerance symptoms.