Re: is this an alcohol allergy?
I also believe I have an alcohol sensitivity or alcohol allergy. I'm 99% sure that I have a very bad case of systemic Candidiasis, so I think that might be partially to blame. I don't know, though. A few years ago, I used to have HALF of a beer or glass of wine, and I'd be dizzy, completely trashed, feel red, hot, and my face felt itchy. I'd also have diarrhea. Every time I drank, I'd feel like I only needed a couple of sips to experience what everyone else was experiencing with a few glasses. I figured it had something to do with the antidepressants I used to take, which is a good possibility since so many anti-D's interact with alcohol. The New Year's before the one we just had was the last time I drank any alcohol. I woke up with severe lung pain, achiness, a hot, itchy face, severe fatigue. The next day I developed the flu and pleurisy, so alcohol may not have had anything to do with the way I felt, but judging from my past reactions, I stay far away, which isn't fun, because it would be nice to have the occassional social drink. I once heard a story about a man who had a full-blown IgE allergy to alcohol, and it almost killed him. He was laying in bed, deathly ill, and he kept requesting small amounts of alcohol to drink to ease the pain of dying, as the doctors had no idea what he had, and told him he was going to die. I'm assuming this occurred when doctors still made house calls, by the way. Anyway, his wife started noticing a connection of him getting sicker and sicker the more he drank, and made sure he stayed away from any alcohol. Sure enough, he got better and made a full recovery. About a year later, he had ONE drink at a party he and his wife were having, and he was back to his feverish, death-bed state of illness until the alcohol was out of his system.
Vestibular problems, CFS, adrenal issues.