What Is The Best Way To Cure A Hangover?

Unlike a handful of other ailments, hangovers are often self-diagnosable. You went to a party, had a solid share of beer, and now you’re suffering from a throbbing headache, stomach pain, nausea, some vomiting, and an inability to think straight. Hangover symptoms relay the message that you’ve had too much to drink, and usually start when your blood alcohol content dwindles down to zero. Truthfully, you can’t cure a hangover, though you can take steps to reduce your symptoms in number and severity. 

Hangover symptoms largely stem from dehydration. As a diuretic, alcohol causes you to urinate more, depriving you of water and electrolytes. This contributes to painful headaches you may experience. Drinking less alcohol and more water reduces the likelihood of major discomfort the morning after. While water in itself does not ward off hangover symptoms or affect alcohol content once it enters your body, prioritizing hydration before, during, and after the night you drink helps you compensate for fluid loss brought on by alcohol. 

While a cure doesn’t exist, over-the-counter medications may alleviate the symptoms that make hangovers so dreadful. Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) provides relief, but take this medication with caution. Excessive doses often upset the stomach while you’re already feeling ill. Pepto-Bismol is another widely accessible medication that treats stomachaches associated with hangovers. While coffee may tempt in the event of fatigue, know that hydrating yourself with water provides more long-term benefits. In treating pain, avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol). When combined with even the smallest amounts of alcohol, this medication damages the liver. 
Monitoring your symptoms while prioritizing hydration and rest are key steps to treating (if not curing) a hangover. Should your hangover symptoms seem more than mild or present themselves with unfamiliar changes, do not hesitate to consult a doctor to determine if medical attention is necessary. My Emergency Room 24/7 addresses more severe symptoms associated with alcohol poisoning. If you are located within the within San Marcos, call us today.

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