Can alcohol induce auto-immune disorders?

in by seek-ashish

I have this very weird health issue that is triggered by alcohol consumption. I occasionally drink with my friends and whenever I do, from the next day onwards, all of my fingertips and even toes become very sore and painful. My nails start getting thicker, pits start forming on top of my nails, they become yellowish and this leads to the disorder known as hyper-keratosis.

This causes thick keratin growth to bulge out from beneath my fingernails and toenails. Adding to this misery, the skin from the palm of my hand and from underneath the palm of my legs flake out like layers of paper tissues (it worsens when my feet or hands get wet).

Upon consulting a skin specialist(I did not tell her that I was a drinker), she told me that it was some sort of an abnormal keratin growth, more like an auto immune disorder and prescribed me with coal tar solution and petroleum jelly. It sure did make my condition better, but every time this happens, it takes exactly 3 months to completely heal. I haven’t been drinking for more than a year now and am totally fine. I am quite sure this happens only when I consume alcohol. I even tested it once and the same **** happened again.

Can anybody please explain all this to me?

I have such a rotten luck! I can’t even get drunk! Is there any way I could?

About seek-ashish

Conditions: Psoriasis

Doctors seen: MD – primary care, MD – specialist

Treatment: Prescription medication/shots

Age: 18-24


1 Answer


I have a form of psoriasis, but have a friend who has had psoriasis for years. Asked what she thought about your case and here's what she said:

"These are all typical symptoms of a form of psoriasis. Alcohol is a trigger. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. I have had it chronically for years. I'm also gluten intolerant and the grain alcohols (primarily if the bee family) cause me no end of misery. As soon as the connection was made, I totally nixed it from my life. Another friend gets aggressive joint pain right after drinking, especially on an empty stomach.

There's also a chance you may no longer have the enzyme required to process alcohol. You might want to see an immunologist or rheumatologist who would know more about these symptoms."

Hope it helps.


About Me:

Wife and mom trying to sort everything out while keeping up with my kids!


Gluten sensitivity, Glycemic issues (hypo/hyperglycemia), Psoriasis

Doctors seen:

MD – primary care, Naturopath


Prescription medication/shots, Gluten free




Answered on August 17, 2013

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