Hangovers are often caused by drinking too much alcohol. Some people will get a hangover from drinking a small sip, while others require significant amounts of alcohol to elicit the symptom.
Various causes can contribute to a hangover. For example, alcohol can cause the body to produce more urine, therefore, leading to dehydration, thirst, lightheadedness, and dizziness.
Alcohol also triggers the inflammatory process that can lead to the memory problem, decreased appetite, and inability to concentrate. It also irritates the lining of the stomach by increasing stomach acid and slowing down the GI system. It can decrease blood sugar levels, leading to weakness, fatigue, mood disturbance, seizure, and shakiness. Since the alcohol dilates blood vessels, it can increase blood flow to the brain resulting in a headache.
With all of these causes and symptoms, it’s evident that a hangover can happen any time you drink. GuruMD offers online consultations for hangover, so you can seek a professional opinion right from your sofa.
What Is A Hangover?
A hangover is a group of aggravating symptoms that develops after consuming significant amounts of alcohol. Keep in mind that frequent hangovers are related to conflicts at work and poor performance. The more alcohol that the user consumes, the more likely that they are to have a hangover the next day. Fortunately, the majority of the hangovers go away on its own, but it can last up to 24 hours. That is why anyone who chooses to drink alcohol should do so responsibly to avoid these painful symptoms.
Symptoms of A Hangover
A hangover occurs when the blood alcohol levels drop significantly low or near zero. This often occurs the morning after a night of heavy drinking. People with hangover often experience these common symptoms:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Reduce concentration
- Rapid heartbeat
- Anxiety, depression, irritability, or any weird disturbance
How Does GuruMD Treat a Hangover?
At GuruMD, we offer online medical services for patients with a hangover. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of a hangover, all you have to do is create an account to speak with us.
Our board-certified professionals will ask various questions about these symptoms. If there are any concerns about frequent heavy drinking that may lead to alcohol withdrawal or reduced quality of life, then the physician may recommend an alcohol support group to help provide therapy to stop your drinking habit.
The doctor may refer the patient for a lab test to check for potential vitamin deficiency or electrolyte imbalance. Usually, heavy drinking can lead to a deficiency in thiamine, folate, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium. If a deficiency is detected, then the doctor would have to replenish the vitamins or electrolytes.
After the healthcare provider assesses the lab results and symptoms, they can provide consultation on how to cure a hangover. The best way to do that would be to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Having bland food snacks such as crackers and toast can reduce stomach upset and boost blood sugar levels. Plus, chicken soup can help replace salt and potassium levels. Pain relievers can alleviate headaches, and sleeping can help rejuvenate the body to recover from the hangover.
The doctor would also have to go over particular medications that you should not take with alcohol. For example, if the patient is taking a barbiturate, then combining that with alcohol can severely lower the respiratory and cardiovascular rate, which can lead to a coma or potentially death.
This is why it’s essential to talk to a medical professional to avoid alcohol and drug interactions, overdoses, addiction problems, and deficiencies. Keep in mind that getting a constant hangover may be a sign up of an underlying addiction problem, and a healthcare provider can pinpoint that and refer you to the right specialist.
To make sure you’re on the right track, we also offer routine lab work for patients with a hangover. We want to make sure you have a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
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