Should I Try to Reduce Asian Flushing? October 11 2014

Trying to reduce the appearance of Asian flushing is one of your options if you happen to be affected by this. If you’re Asian, there’s a good chance that you are. Even if you’re European or of another race, however, there is a chance that you might experience flushing after drinking, as well.

The symptoms that people will be most concerned about will be the reddening of the face, the feeling of heat, occasional headaches and a racing heart. In some cases, all of these different symptoms will also make the person feel very anxious.

There are some over-the-counter remedies that people use to deal with Asian flushing. Some people claim to have good luck using antihistamines to keep the symptoms of Asian flushing at bay. There are also plenty of products out there that are specifically marketed toward Asian people who suffer from this condition.

There’s a very important consideration to keep in mind with using these products. They may have good and bad aspects to them, but it’s imperative that you do talk to your physician about flushing and whether or not you should be taking it more seriously than you are. It may not be a significant health risk for you, but you should find out before you just try to paper over it.

The Risk of Hiding It

Asian flushing is caused when there is too much acetaldehyde built up in the blood. Acetaldehyde is a carcinogen and it is very strongly associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is deadly.

If you know your body and you’re reasonably certain that you’re making a responsible decision about how much you drink, using whatever remedy seems to work for you to cover up Asian flushing may not be a particularly negative choice.

However, it could, as some very scientifically literate writers have pointed out, allow you to not address what might be an indication of a more serious problem. Covering up the symptoms, in other words, is not a treatment for any sort of a health issue.

Making responsible decisions about drinking starts with knowing your body. If you’re having trouble with turning red and the other symptoms of flushing after drinking, make sure you investigate them to make sure there are no reasons that you may want to skip drinking altogether and, if there aren’t, make a smart decision based on your body. Just don’t cover something up without investigating it first.

Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).