Myths About Asian Flushing Might Harm You December 09 2014

For many people who are Korean, Chinese or Japanese, Asian Flushing is a major issue. Unfortunately, some of the people affected may not think of it this way.

Asian flushing, directly, can be somewhat amusing. At any party where there are many Asian people, there are likely to be quite a few people with red faces, as well. It affects a significant percentage of people of the aforementioned heritages.

However, it is a bit more than it seems on the surface. People who have it likely suspect this, as the red face is an external symptom. Internal symptoms include an elevated heartbeat, elevated body temperature and a generally sick feeling. There’s a reason for that and, here are the some of the things you might think you know, that aren’t actually true.

Allergy Meds Reduce Harm

Antihistamines, because of the way that they interact with the body, may reduce the appearance of Asian flushing. This is a pretty popular method of keeping the red face under control for some people.

The thing to keep in mind is the fact that those antihistamines also have effects when mingled with alcohol. Principally, they slow down how fast your body processes alcohol and, because of that, you may end up feeling far more intoxicated than you expect off of a few drinks. The other thing to keep in mind is that all of the other effects on your body that go along with Asian flushing are still taking place, even if your face isn’t red. Reducing the red face might actually encourage you to drink way more than you should.

Sugary Drinks Might Help

You may have heard that sugary drinks can reduce the appearance of Asian flushing. This might be true for some people, and you might want to try it as a strategy. Remember, however, that you are still taking in the alcohol and no one claims that more sugary drinks are cures for Asian flushing, they may merely reduce the symptoms a bit.

It’s Not That Bad

Asian flushing is associated with an increased incidence of esophageal cancer. The science on this is very solid and it’s something to be concerned about if you’re very prone to the reddening face and other parts of the reaction. Some Asian people do not have the genetics that cause this, but if you do, research more about Asian flushing and learn how to drink responsibly.

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 =).