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Antihistamines with Alcohol is not a Good Combination

By: Elena Grace Flores

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English: Hives on DLdoubleE’s back from an allergic reaction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antihistamines can give immediate relief for symptoms of allergies – but what can you do if you are allergic to alcohol? Alcohol combined with Antihistamines can have serious reactions that can cause accidents. To mention a few,  severe drowsiness, disorientation and liver damages are bad enough. Read this article for clarification:


By: Amanda Oakley MBChB FRACP DipHealInf Department of Dermatology, Health Waikato

Antihistamines are medications that counteract the effect of the natural chemical histamine.

Histamine is a vasoactive chemical. This means it has an effect on small blood vessels, resulting in dilated capillaries (redness), and leakage of protein-rich fluid into surrounding skin (swelling). Histamine affects nearby nerves resulting in itching. Histamine is stored in granules within mast cells together with other vasoactive chemicals.

Bearing a bit of discomforts when you happen to have allergic reactions after drinking some alcohol is better – than taking antihistamines at once and suffer the consequences of experiencing serious accidents. Don’t worry, when you are a bit drowsy due to alcohol intake, the allergic symptoms will not be that intense anymore. Just relax for a while or make yourself busy and before you know it, allergies are gone!

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