Alcohol allergy or alcohol intolerance – common symptoms explained

Alcohol allergy

Alcohol allergy or alcohol intolerance – common symptoms explained

Alcohol forms an important part of many cultures around the world and has long been hailed as the drink to unwind and celebrate. When used responsibly, it’s a great way to wind down on a weekend, settle nerves on a date, or just for general enjoyment in life.

All these reasons make it particularly difficult for people living with alcohol allergies or intolerances. Let’s look at the different causes and symptoms, along with the next steps, if you’re showing any of these signs after drinking alcohol.

Alcohol intolerance

Most people who think they suffer from an alcohol allergy are actually alcohol intolerant. It’s caused by a genetic condition in the body that can’t break down alcohol properly. This can cause a number of symptoms including:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Worsening of pre-existing asthma
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Facial redness
  • Red, itchy skin bumps (hives)

Alcoholic beverages often contain many ingredients. Some of these can also cause intolerance reactions, such as histamine, chemicals, grains, sulfites, and preservatives.

It’s easy to speculate about what is causing your symptoms. However, the only way to know for certain about what is causing your intolerance or allergy is to see a specialist health professional.

Alcohol allergy

An alcohol allergy is very rare. It only occurs when your immune system overreacts to alcohol entering the body and starts to produce antibodies. These trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms can range from a mild itchy mouth or eyes to swelling and anaphylaxis.

There are ingredients found in many alcoholic drinks that cause an allergic reaction in the body. For example:

  • Grapes
  • Hops
  • Wheat
  • Yeast

If you’re showing any of these signs after consuming alcohol, it’s important to see an allergy specialist to diagnose any possible intolerances or allergies. You should never ignore an allergy or intolerance and push it aside. If left untreated, it can quickly become worse or create further health complications.

Living allergy-free isn’t always easy, but it isn’t impossible. Don’t risk putting your health and life at risk. Request an allergy test with us today or visit our website to find out how we can help you.

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