Skin Rash or Hives with Red Wine
After reading through the skin rash pages on this site, I thought I would make a contribution. My skin rash develops when I consume red wine. At first, drinking red wine led to my fingers getting really red and hot. A few years later, drinking red wine would cause hives to develop on my face first and then all over my body. The funny thing is that it would not happen all the time and not limited to just red wine. It would happen with white wine, beer, or any other alcoholic beverage. If I continue to drink the beverage the rash eventually subsides. The condition never proceeds to a more serious allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing.
I have tried to isolate the problem. Since it sometimes happens when drinking alcohol and sometimes not, perhaps it was alcohol in combination with food that is the culprit. I first though it was cheese and then tomato sauce, but no consistent pattern was evident. I still do not know why it happens sometimes and other times not.
The only trend that I believe is more consistent is my body temperature. If I am hot or under stress, then drinking alcohol, especially wine or beer, causes the all over body rash or hives.
Does anyone else out there have a similar problem and have you found a solution?
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