Q:

11/27/2012
55 year old woman who after even minimal exposure to alcohol develops increase in blood pressure, pressure over the sinus area as well as chest pressure and feeling need to defecate. I do not feel this is an allergic reaction but I have not run into this complaint before and am not sure how to explain it. Any thoughts?

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

The symptoms you described are not a classically known reaction to alcohol to my knowledge, and I could not find any documentation of this type of adverse reaction to alcohol with a literature search. Therefore, unfortunately, I cannot explain the underlying pathogenesis.

Thank you again for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology