After reaching the legal age of drinking one more thing adds to your list which you need to take care off. Do you know, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86.3% or even more U.S citizen above the age of 18 years have consumed alcohol at some of the time in their life. Apart from this, some people have an allergy to alcohol. Such cases are rare and occur because the person does not have the enzyme that is needed to dissolve alcohol molecules.
When a person is allergic to alcohol, he may experience immediate uncomfortable alcohol allergy symptoms soon after drinking alcohol. The only way to prevent such an allergy is to avoid consuming alcohol. However, it can happen because of reaction to something in an alcoholic beverage, such as chemicals, grains, preservatives or ceratin medications that react with alcohol.
How Do You Know If You Are Allergic To Alcohol?
Alcohol allergy symptoms or interaction of alcohol with any other chemicals, grains, preservatives or ceratin medications may include:-
- Facial redness(flushing)
- Worsening of pre-existing asthma
- Stuffy nose
- Difficulty while breathing
It is not necessary all the symptoms may occur as a result of an alcohol allergy; any of the symptoms as mentioned above, may occur after drinking alcohol.
Why Do I Get A Rash When I Drink Alcohol?
Alcohol allergy occurs when you don’t have the proper enzyme to break the alcohol molecules. This usually occurs because of inherited (genetic) traits that are found in Asians. Other ingredients may also cause allergy while consuming it with alcohol, such as:-
- Sulfites or other preservatives
- Chemicals, grains or other ingredients
- Histamine, a byproduct of fermentation or brewing
A rare symptom is Hodgkin’s lymphoma in which you will feel severe pain after drinking alcohol. Additionally, some factors will put in a high risk of developing alcohol allergies, such as:-
- Asian descent
- If you have asthma
- If you are allergic to grains or any food items
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
In mild allergic situations, the doctor may not need any to perform any tests, but when the allergy is severed he may ask you to perform certain medical tests, such as:-
- Skin tests can help the doctor to know about the allergy caused by some alcoholic beverages, such as grains in beer. This test involves a small amount of substance that can be a reason for the allergy.
- Blood tests: Blood tests are the ideal way to know about your allergy. Alcohol allergy happens because the body is unable to produce molecules in to process alcohol keeping the alcohol molecule present in the blood. Therefore, determining the presence of alcohol molecules in the blood is the ideal way to determine the presence of allergy. During this test, your blood sample will be taken to be tested further.
How Can Alcohol Allergy Be Treated?
If you are allergic to alcohol, avoid consuming it or the particular drink that causes the reaction. In case of mild reactions over the counter medications is enough to control the allergic reaction rash. But in some cases, the rashes occur so rapidly that it cannot be controlled by over the counter medicines; instead they might require injections.
People who are allergic to alcohol are very rare, but that doesn’t mean they cannot drink alcohol. In some cases, some drinks can be safe for such people. See which component in the alcohol is responsible for causing allergy, its histamine and sulfites. These components can be easily found in wines, beer, brown liquor, and ciders. An alcohol allergic person should prefer drinking spirits, such as tequila, vodka, and gin. These drinks have a low quantity of histamine as compared to other drinks. If you are an alcohol allergic person and want to drink alcohol you should opt for:-
- D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin
- Pasote Blanco Tequila
- Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka Original