Allergic to Beer: Cause, Solutions and More!

Beer allergy may be a form of alcohol intolerance that can cause unpleasant reactions immediately after consuming the drink. Intolerance to alcohol is a genetic condition where the body cannot effectively break down or metabolize alcohol. The most common manifestation or symptoms of intolerance to beer are skin flushing and nasal congestion. This condition is sometimes inaccurately referred to as beer allergy and the only way to prevent beer allergy is to avoid beer altogether.

Sometimes beer allergy can be caused by a reaction to an ingredient in the beverage such as a chemical or a preservative. Allergic reactions may also be caused by combining beer with certain foods or medications. In rare cases, however, these reactions could be a sign of an underlying health condition that requires proper diagnosis and immediate treatment.

Know the Basic Facts About Beer Allergy

Which Ingredients Can Cause Beer Allergy?

Ingredients in beer that can cause beer allergy or alcohol intolerance include:

1. Histamine

This compound is found in many alcoholic beverages, especially red wine. It can cause headaches, nasal congestion, flushing, asthma and digestive symptoms. Intolerance to histamine may be caused by the inability to break down or eliminate the compound.

2. Yeasts

Although found in low levels in alcoholic drinks, yeasts can cause true allergic reactions. The symptoms include wheezing, sneezing, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, dizziness, white coated tongue, sore throat, skin rashes and abdominal pain.

3. Sulphites or Sulphur Dioxide

Wines and home-brewed beers may contain sodium metabisulphite or sulfur dioxide. It is a chemical used to clean equipments for brewing and may be present in high amounts. 10% of asthmatics react to sulphites in alcoholic drinks, but anaphylaxis is rare.

3. Additives

Substances like sodium benzoate and tartrazine can trigger asthmatic attacks and urticaria.

3. Plant-Derived Allergens

Note: The best way to avoid these ingredients found in beer and other alcoholic drinks is to avoid drinking these beverages all together.

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