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Video: Inhalation Of Antiseptic Can Cause Severe Hangovers In Sensitive People
2023 Author: Abraham Higgins | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 23:16
Inhalation of antiseptic can cause severe hangovers in sensitive people
An unusual reaction may be caused by medication used to treat alcoholism. The metabolic products of alcohol, which enters the body when inhaled antiseptic vapors, remain in the body for an unusually long time. This leads to the appearance of characteristic symptoms.
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The use of hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic has become part of our daily routine. Can the alcohol in antiseptics have an impact on people who are suffering from or being treated for alcohol dependence?
In the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, scientists talked about the unusual effects of an antiseptic on a person undergoing treatment for alcoholism.
A 43-year-old man became ill while visiting a bank. The observed symptoms resembled a severe allergic reaction: reddened face, nausea, impaired coordination of movements. It is noteworthy that the bank's client applied an antiseptic to his hands as soon as he crossed the threshold of the institution - following the rules for the prevention of COVID-19.
It turned out that the patient had been undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction with disulfiram for three years. The drug reacts with alcohol and the person who takes it experiences symptoms similar to those of a hangover almost instantly. They usually last about an hour. This effect of the pills turns people away from alcohol: the man whose case the magazine described did not drink for three years.
Disulfiram blocks an enzyme that helps the body get rid of alcohol metabolites. Under the influence of alcohol-containing products, those taking this medicine accumulate acetaldehyde in the body, which causes hangover symptoms. People taking the drug should avoid any food containing alcohol.
Another study, also published in Alcohol and Alcoholism, found that when an antiseptic is used, alcohol enters the body primarily by inhalation rather than through the skin.
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