Alcohol is considered to be a social drink by many people. They enjoy drinking alcohol on social occasions and parties. For them alcohol allergy is an unbelievable word and surprising too. But it is true, though rare alcohol allergy is not a myth. Similar to different food allergies, alcohol allergy can also manifest many unwanted symptoms.
Alcohol Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms of alcohol allergy are manifested immediately after consumption of alcohol. They include.
- Flushing of face, redness and swelling of face.
- Congestion in nose. Person finds difficulty in breathing due to congestion in his nose. The nasal mucosa becomes swollen and the nose becomes congested.
- Headache and hangover are common manifestation.
- Vomiting and nausea occur soon after consumption of alcohol.
- Abdominal pain.
- The person will feel dizzy.
- Rapid pulse and heart rate.
- Hives and itching soon after drinking alcohol. If you already have hive, drinking alcohol may worsen the symptoms.
What Causes Alcohol Allergy?
The cause of alcohol allergy is a genetic trait. Person suffering from alcoholic allergy is deficient of aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for breakdown of alcohol into acetic acid, after it is consumed. But due to inherent deficiency of aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme, his body is unable to metabolize alcohol which ultimately gives rise to alcohol allergy symptoms.
Other causes may be additives used in preparing alcohol such as molds, eggs, brewer’s yeast, sulfites, grapes etc.
Often congeners are responsible for alcohol allergy. Congeners are produced during the time of fermentation. Sulfites are known to aggravate asthma in people who already have asthma.
Natural Remedies For Allergy To Alcohol
Ideally if you have history of alcohol allergy, you should avoid alcohol drinks and preparations containing alcohol altogether. If a person is allergic to a particular type of alcohol, switching over to another type of alcohol may sometimes resolve the problem.
For the allergic symptoms you can try natural supplements such as:
- Vitamin C, it acts like an antihistamine in natural way.
- Supplements containing mangosteen and butterbur may be beneficial in mild to moderate symptoms of alcohol allergy.
- Quercetine and compound Q10 is said to possess antihistamine properties.
- For the rash on the skin, you can apply cold compresses.
- Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated.
If the symptoms get worse seek doctor’s advice.