Has this ever happened to you? You're having a few drinks with friends and either during or right after your nose gets all stuffed up.

Well here's why.

According to the Mayo Clinic it's an alcohol intolerance. "Alcohol intolerance occurs when your body doesn't have the proper enzymes to break down (metabolize) the toxins in alcohol. "

Also, ingredients found in alcohol can cause it too.

Those ingredients are:

  • Sulfites or other preservatives
  • Chemicals, grains or other ingredients
  • Histamine, a byproduct of fermentation or brewing

So basically your body has an allergic reaction or allergy to what you're drinking.

If you're wondering if what the symptoms are for the intolerance they include the following:

  • Facial redness (flushing)
  • Warm, red, itchy bumps on the skin (hives)
  • Worsening of preexisting asthma
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If it's just a mild intolerance, like a stuffed up nose, you need to be aware of it and either limit your alcohol intake, be aware of what drinks seem to make it worse or just don't drink.

Obviously if the symptoms are severe like vomiting and diarrhea or severe pains you need to see a doctor immediately.

Well there's your answer and why you're stuffed up nose gives off the tell tail sing you've been drinking.


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