My wife is a recovering alcoholic for 2 weeks and has swollen ankles and feet and has red blotches on her arms. What is this please?

(Jul 17, 2007)


Alcohol withdrawal occurs when you have been habitually consuming large amounts of alcohol and then stop suddenly. Since alcohol is an addictive substance, it is important to ensure that you never drink a lot regularly. Social drinkers would not experience withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal occurs in adults, and the alcohol withdrawal symptoms duration may last from a few hours to a few days, depending on your health conditions. If you have been drinking alcohol excessively and suddenly stop drinking it without moderation, the body will experience several symptoms, along with a craving for alcohol. For most people, this is a testing time and the shorter this period is, the more likely it is for the intervention to be successful.

Alcohol withdrawal may occur in about 5 t0 10 hours of having the last drink. There is a strong craving for another drink, and there may be physical manifestations like edema, red colored rashes on the body, dizziness, anxiety, and palpitations. The more heavily you had been drinking, the more intense and longer is the withdrawal period. There is no standard alcohol withdrawal timeline. Different people experience withdrawal symptoms differently, and therefore, these are highly subjective. The likelihood of developing severe problems of alcohol withdrawal may increase if you are suffering from any medical condition. This would also increase the duration for which the symptoms would last.

answered by G R on Sep 14, 2011, 12:02:12

There are ways to get rid of swollen ankles. The best way to get rid of this swelling is to treat the underlying cause. However, if you are not sure of what is causing the condition, you can try some remedies for relief for swollen ankles and feet.

The ice pack method is one of the best swollen ankles remedy. If you have an injury to your foot, or if you have tendonitis, an ice pack to the ankle can help relieve the inflammation. Apply an ice pack to your swollen ankles for 20 minutes, every few hours. For acute injuries, this remedy is the best. However, if the injury is chronic, you will need a combination of ice packs and heat. Keep your legs and ankles elevated. You can do this to improve blood circulation. When your legs are elevated, use a hot compress to stimulate the blood flow and relieve the swelling. Heat applied to the ankles can also help relax and loosen the tissues to promote healing. However, never leave heating pads or a hot compress on the affected area for extended periods of time, because that would cause burns on your skin. Pay special attention to your diet. Cut down on your salt intake and also increase the intake of roughage.

answered by G R on Sep 6, 2011, 3:55:05

Swollen feet and ankles can be a result of edema, which along with red or purple spots on boy is a common symptom of excess alcohol intake.
  • Avoid alcohol completely (or try to reduce the consumption gradually).
  • Relax her feet on a small stool while sitting or 1 foot cushion while sleeping. This will help to improve the blood circulation and reduce edema.

answered by S P on Jul 21, 2007, 5:18:20


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