Infectious disease doctor Dr. Andrey Pozdnyakov warned that drinking alcohol with influenza and acute respiratory infections can lead to systemic vasospasm.
In an interview with the Izvestia newspaper, the specialist pointed out that with influenza and respiratory infections, it is better to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
According to him, it is possible to celebrate the New Year, but only if the body temperature does not rise for three days in a row, the cough becomes wet, and the symptoms of rhinitis decrease.
He says: “It is important that complications do not develop and that the person recovers. Then the New Year can be celebrated, but without enthusiasm. As for the active stage of the disease, it is necessary to take antipyretic drugs. drink plenty of fluids, eat a balanced diet, and stay up late.”
He adds that if a person suffers from intoxication syndrome and catarrhal manifestations, he should definitely refrain from drinking alcohol. Because alcohol first dilates blood vessels, but then ethyl alcohol turns into acetaldehyde, and massive vasospasm occurs.
He says: “Fever, toxins in the blood, and alcohol-induced cramps can lead to vascular problems, especially if it’s the flu. Because the influenza virus contains a number of “toxins”, primarily hemagglutinin, which affects blood vessels. If a person has the flu and a fever, he should completely refrain from drinking alcohol.
Source: Izvestia newspaper.