It’s funny that I thought I had this whole Asian flush thing figured out, but it seems that there’s always a lot to learn. Recently, I’ve been writing aricles on Asian flush, alcohol flush reaction, and alcohol allergy. A while back I just assumed that Asian flush was the same thing as an alcohol allergy, but boy was I wrong! Not only did I learn that even though the symptoms are the same (sometimes), the reason for the reactions are completely different so you have to be careful to know what your condition is so that you can treat it properly.
I spent a lot of time summarizing the information I learned about the difference between alcohol flush reaction and alcohol allergies, so I won’t write everything here (who wants to write it twice, right), but I can to a quick overview. As soon as my article gets published I’ll provide a link to it.
So an alcohol allergy is rare, and if you have an allergic reaction from alcohol, it is most likely that it’s from something in the booze, not the alcohol itself. Some common things are sulphites, hops, wheat, and the fruit or vegetables that it’s made from. (grapes, potatos, plums, etc). So even though though you may have a red face, hives, or increased heart rate from drinking, it may not be Asian flush, it may be a type of allergic reaction. Try switching alcohols or see a doctor to find out what you’re allergic to.
Asian flush, as we know, is a deficiency of the ALDH2 enzyme, which makes our bodies unable to break down the toxic chemical acetaldehyde, and that causes the redness, swelling, and uncomfortable symptoms.
Allergies are treated with antihistamines, or in serious cases adrenaline. Asian flush can be prevented with antacids or cured with the No Red Face Formula. Could you imagine the trouble you’d get yourself in if you shot yourself up with adrenaline to cure your Asian flush? Or if you took some antacids to try and treat your allergy? To be honest, you might end up in the hostpital!