Allergic to Vodka?

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  1. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I just noticed a rash starting on my neck...

    I think it might be an allergic reaction...
    Earlier this evening I had a few White Russians. Two with Absolut Pears and two with Stoli Blueberi (both were very good). Never had either of these Vodkas before (I don't usually get the flavored kind).

    It's kind of freaking me out. I've never had any food allergies before, but I don't know what else this could be.

    I put some of the Pear on my right arm, and the Blueberi on the left. If I get a rash on one of my arms at least I'll know what it's from.
    The idea of being allergic to vodka kinda sucks though...

    Anyone ever experience anything similar?

    Anyway, just wondering if any of you had heard of something like this before...
    I guess I'll just wait and see if anything happens to one of my arms.


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    It's not rosacea if that's what you're thinking - I know what that looks like and this is completely different.


    I was googling around... Interesting article from CNN:
     
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    Noooo!!!! It cannot be!!!
    hahah, j/k. I wonder if you are having a reaction to the fake flavoring? Try again with regular vodka. It just wouldn't be that cruel to you.
     
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    I think that's probably what it is. So far I have not developed a rash on either arm, so who knows...

    I hardly ever drink flavored vodka (so it would have been easy to not notice before), but the liquor store had an awesome deal going (50% off all liquor, 60% off all wine) so I loaded up, thought I'd try some vodkas I haven't had before.

    The rash on my neck seems to be getting better (I only had 1 or 2 shots of each). I think I'll have to do some experimenting on myself...
    One day I will only drink the Pear vodka, and the next day I will only drink the Blueberry vodka. We'll see which one causes the rash. I guess as a control for this experiment I will also have to drink unflavored vodka for a day.
     
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    you should drink the real Polish potato vodka :D It's the best one
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I had one a while ago that was pretty good. I can't remember the name of it though...

    I can't remember the names of any of my favorites...I just remember what the bottle looks like, lol.
     
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    :lol: That good. Yeah it is most likely the flavorings or, it is a hint you need to quit drinking.
     
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    Nah, it can't be that. It's gotta be the flavorings.

    I'm pretty sure that it is one of the flavorings. But, I've had pears and blueberries plenty of times before with no side effects, whatever they're using in the vodka must be artificial.

    I don't know what else it could be. The rash is almost completely gone now. If it's the vodka I think it's probably the blueberi, which sucks because I thought that one tasted better (the timing would suggest that one).

    What ever it is, it's not life threatening - more tests are needed, lol!

    I've switched over to beer for the remainder of the night just to play it safe. Tomorrow I will study this in more detail...
     
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    Awe that sounds like something totally boring lol, make sure your trials are numerous and consistent. I would hate being allergic to alcohol.
     
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    I completely support your experimental research. Go forth, in the name of science!

    Seriously though, you'd think, and I've been told, that if you were to react to something you'd ingested, the most likely place of the reaction site would be around your mouth or in your throat. And your rash seems to be going away, while the alcohol most certainly is still in your system.
    Could this have been a dermatitis reaction to something you touched around your neck?
    Regardless, I would be interested in the results of further experiments.
    ~signed... vodka, ginger ale and cranberry juice.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well, I guess it could be, and I thought of that - but I have no idea what it could be. I haven't been in the woods recently, I haven't even been around anything 'unfamiliar' recently. Whatever it was it didn't last very long.

    I still kinda think it was the bluberry flavoring in the vodka.
     
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    Yeah nobody I know is allergic to beer.
     
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    I am one of the unfortunates. :( I have been allergic to alcohol my whole life. Wine is my worst. Even smelling a glass of red wine will make my lips and throat swell, a rash soon after. I can drink vodka and sambuka (but man oh man do I get drunk quick! Half a shot and I'm happy). Everything else is on the no-no list.
    I have no food allergies. So it is something in the fermentation process.

    Sucks to be me!

    Oh, and now you know someone allergic to beer.
     

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