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Asian party-goers strive to get rid of that 'glow' often caused by the first drink

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Large numbers of Asian-American youth are turning to over-the-counter antacid medicines like Zantac and Pepcid AC to prevent the flushing that is called Asian glow. The condition can cause anything from a mild, pink facial tint to nausea and swelling in half of all Eastern Asians. (CNS/Devon Haynie)

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Thousands of Asian Americans across the country suffer from the Asian glow, an often uncomfortable and embarrassing reaction to alcohol. The glow can cause anything from a mild, pink facial tint to nausea and swelling in half of all Eastern Asians. (CNS/Devon Haynie)

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Dr. Tamara Wall, a psychiatrist at the University of California in San Diego, speculates that the histamine blockers in Pepcid AC and other antacids may prevent the blushing associated with the Asian flush. (CNS/Devon Haynie)

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Large numbers of Asian-American youth are turning to over-the-counter antacid medicines like Zantac and Pepcid AC to prevent the flushing that is called Asian glow. The condition can cause anything from a mild, pink facial tint to nausea and swelling in half of all Eastern Asians. (CNS/Devon Haynie)

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Dr. Tamara Wall, a psychiatrist at the University of California in San Diego, speculates that the histamine blockers in Pepcid AC and other antacids may prevent the blushing associated with the Asian flush. (CNS/Devon Haynie)

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Thousands of Asian Americans across the country suffer from the Asian glow, an often uncomfortable and embarrassing reaction to alcohol. The glow can cause anything from a mild, pink facial tint to nausea and swelling in half of all Eastern Asians. (CNS/Devon Haynie)

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Their genes can make their faces turn red and fiery after one sip of alcohol. But the biology battle has begun. Asian-American youth across the country are turning to over-the-counter drugs to make the dreaded "Asian flush" a tint of the past.


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