Why Do My Feet And Ankles Swell After I Have An Alcoholic Beverage?


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Adam Yare Profile
Adam Yare answered
This could be due to gout. Gout is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis, a red, tender, hot, swollen joint. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected. However, it may also present itself as tophi, kidney stones, or urate nephropathy. It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize and are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues.

Diagnosis is confirmed clinically by the visualization of the characteristic crystals in joint fluid. Treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, or colchicine improves symptoms. Once the acute attack has subsided, levels of uric acid are usually lowered via lifestyle changes, and in those with frequent attacks allopurinol or probenecid provide long-term prevention.

Gout has increased in frequency in recent decades affecting approximately 1-2% of the Western population at some point in their lives. The increase is believed to be due to increasing risk factors in the population, such as metabolic syndrome, longer life expectancy and changes in diet. Gout was historically known as 'the disease of kings'.

Hyperuricemia is the underlying cause of gout. This can occur for a number of reasons, including diet, genetic predisposition, or underexcretion of urate, the salts of uric acid. Renal underexcretion of uric acid is the primary cause of hyperuricemia in about 90% of cases, while overproduction is the cause in less than 10%. About 10% of people with hyperuricemia develop gout at some point in their lifetimes. The risk, however, varies depending on the degree of hyperuricemia.

Dietary causes account for about 12% of gout, and include a strong association with the consumption of alcohol, fructose-sweetened drinks, meat, and seafood. Other triggers include physical trauma and surgery. Recent studies have found dietary factors once believed to be associated are in fact not, including the intake of purine-rich vegetables and total protein. The consumption of coffee, vitamin C and dairy products as well as physical fitness appear to decrease the risk. This is believed to be partly due to their effect in reducing insulin resistance.
nettie Profile
nettie answered
If you are speaking of drinking alcohol, yes it can cause swelling, it causes the blood pressure to rise and therefore you retain fluid which in turn can cause swelling...the best to you
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Can drinking alcohol cause swelling in feet ? I drink every night.
Pamela Krueger Profile
Pamela Krueger answered
Your liver and kidneys are not able to process the alcohol very well. Sound like edema which is an accumulation of excess fluid in the body. Contact your physician right away.
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Pamela Krueger answered
Your kidneys and liver aren't processing the alcohol properly and you are retaining fluids.  Alcohol dehydrates a person so you should drink plenty of fluids even when you don't drink alcohol.
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Anonymous commented
That doesn't make any sense DK. If you're dehydrated, you don't have enough body fluid by definition. If your freakin feet are swelling, you have TOO MUCH fluid.
Surabathula Ramanand Profile
Alcohol consuming is very dangerous to your health. Not only your feet and hands swells, the whole body may swell.
So I suggest you that not to swell the alcohol, and right now it is better to contact a doctor immediately
Elyn Okumura Profile
Elyn Okumura answered
Sometimes when you body parts swell it is because you are taking in too much salt.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My left hand and foot swelled this past weekend about 30 min to an hour after consuming 2 large alcoholic drinks, this has never happened to me before when I drink, is there something wrong?
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Mark Westbrook answered
This could be the onset of gout. It is a common myth that gout is from the middle ages (well last couple of centuries anyway). If the joints swell, get a reddish hue and hurt, particularly the big toe, these could be symptoms of gout. Even the pressure of bedsheets can be too painful to tolerate. Get it checked out.

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