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Whenever I drink alcohol, I feel itchy. Why?


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Published At August 25, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Whenever I drink alcohol, I am getting itchy in my scalp, face and behind the ears. What could the reason? Please explain.


Welcome to icliniq.com. Itching and flushing after alcohol consumption may indicate an allergic reaction or a deficiency in the enzyme responsible for breaking down alcohol metabolites (Acetaldehyde). Additionally, if you have been a long-term alcohol consumer, these symptoms could be associated with liver diseases. To further understand the cause, it is crucial to undergo biochemical tests, particularly liver tests, to assess for any potential liver problems. In the meantime, you can manage the itching by taking tablet Cetirizine 10 mg in the evening. However, before starting any medication, consult your doctor, have a discussion about your symptoms, and take the medicine only with their consent. If alcohol consumption makes you feel uncomfortable, it is advisable to consider quitting to alleviate the symptoms. Prioritizing your health and well-being is of utmost importance.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Erioli Braholli
Dr. Erioli Braholli

General Surgery

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