A true alcohol allergy is pretty rare and the effects can be severe. People often mistake alcohol allergy with alcohol intolerance, like the way they do it with the lactose intolerance and allergy.
It might be hard for people to determine if they are allergic to alcohol or not, because they can be allergic to the ingredients of the drink like: barley, wheat, rey, hops, yeast, grapes and so on.
Symptoms of alcohol allergy
If you are truly allergic to alcohol, small amounts can be dangerous, better avoid it altogether. It’s possible to develop an alcohol allergy at any point in your life.
Some of the symptoms to this allergy may include:
- itchy mouth, eyes, or nose
- hives, eczema, or itchiness on your skin
- swelling of your face, throat, other body parts
- wheezing, or difficulty breathing
- abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
This condition is called an ALDH2 deficiency. Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) is an enzyme that your body uses to digest alcohol. When your body is not producing this enzyme enough you might have symptoms like: headaches, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat– when you are drinking.
If, after you are having a cocktail, beer, wine or so and either immediately or the next 15 minutes you are feeling any of these symptoms, make sure you contact your doctor and get yourself checked.
You will not found here medical advices or how to deal with your allergy because we are not a medical page. What we can tell you is that you need to visit your doctor if you have any of this symptoms mentioned above after having alcohol. Be mindful, alcohol can be found in food as well ad drinks.
We made a list with all main food allergies and more information on this subject and you can find it and read all about it here.