Beer- Allergy, ingredients, symptoms and treatment

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Allergic to beer? Well not many have it and sometimes beer isn’t the cause but the ingredients it has in it.

The beer has a long history passing through from one civilization to another. The beer dates back to the 5th-millennium bc in Iran, and the traces can be found in the ancient history of Egypt and Mesopotamia. It is the third most consumed drink after water and tea.

Types of beer

There are different types of beer. Traditionally, beer has been a drink made from malted cereal grain (like barley), getting its flavor from hops which are brewed by slow fermentation. Over the time the beer has evolved, though. Beer is categorized into two types, Ale and Lager based on the fermentation process. Ale is brewed with top-fermenting yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and lager with bottom fermented yeast (Saccharomyces uvarum).

Beer allergy

Many are allergic to foods, and this could also mean you can be allergic to beer as well. Beer allergy is not that common but to those who are allergic to the beer are possibly allergic to the ingredient that the beer has. The beer has some basic ingredients like water, malted barley, yeast, and hops. The beer ingredients may additionally include based on the kind of beer you consume as following:

Ginger beer: Ginger beer consists of ginger spice, yeast, lemon, and sugar. If you are facing any of the symptoms it probably means you are having a ginger beer allergy.

Gluten free beer: The gluten free beer is for those who suffer from gluten beer allergy. The ingredients include rice, millet, buckwheat or maize (corn), sorghum.

Root beer: Root beer can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, with or without caffeine. The root beer is made using the Sassafras trees or the vine Smilax ornata (sarsaparilla).

IPA beer: India pale ale beer was made in England and may confuse people because of the name.

  • The British IPA beer has grain (pale malt, Maris otter, caramel, biscuit malt and crystal malt), hops, whirlfloc tablet, and yeast.
  • The American IPA beer ingredients are Columbus Hops, Chinook, Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Carapils, Crystal 45, pale malt, Warrior, Simcoe, and Amarillo.

Corona beer: Rice, corn, hops, yeast, barley malt, and propylene glycol alginate is used for producing a Corona beer.

If you are allergic to beer, we recommended either you should quit drinking beer or find out what of the ingredients are triggering the allergy to beer. There is no best beer for allergy sufferers. You can consult with the doctor as any of the ingredients can trigger the allergy.

Am I allergic to beer?

Few are allergic to beer in the real sense; most people are allergic to the ingredient/s in the beer. In the US, about 5 percent of the children have a food allergy, and 2 to 3 percent of adults are allergic to food. A study conducted on Chinese people that had beer allergy was found to be sensitive to the sorghum or the sorghum malt, and nearly 1.2 were found to be allergic to the wheat. Wheat is also considered as the top eight food allergens.

Some of the symptoms that can indicate you are allergic to it are:

Hives: Hives, also known as Urticaria or in a layman term the beer allergy rash, are the itchy pale red bumps or plaque outbreaks. It can appear on any part of the skin. The good thing about hives is that they often disappear within 24 hours. If it stays for more than 24 hours, you should visit a doctor.

Hives after beer could mean beer allergy

Sneezing: If you start sneezing uncontrollably after having a beer, it is a symptom of beer allergy. It is caused due to the dilation of the blood vessels in the nose resulting in mucus production and nasal symptoms.

Wheezing: Wheezing is a high pitch whistle sound that comes out while breathing. It is an indication that you may be having difficulty breathing in and out.

Hoarseness: After having a beer, if you feel pain to the vocal cord and abnormal change in voice pitch and volume, it indicates you are allergic to the beer and referred to as hoarseness.

Abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea: The increase in the level of histamine triggers inflammation in the digestive system because of the beer consumption. The histamine is a chemical in our body which is a part of immune system. The immune system overreacts to the substance and activates the defense mechanism by creating immunoglobulin E, or IgE, antibodies. The abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea is a sign that your body is allergic to gluten and you should avoid products involving gluten. You always have the option of gluten free beer.

Nausea and vomiting: If you have an uneasiness in your stomach and most likely feel you would throw up, after having a beer it is a sign of Nausea and vomiting caused by it. It may be an indication of beer allergy or that you are drinking more than the capacity your body can handle.

Tightness of the chest: The tightness of the chest, also known as the “holiday heart syndrome” (a term coined back in 1978) caused due to the irregular heart rhythms. It is usually caused by after several days of heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can be quantified as three or more drinks a day for women and four or more for men. It seems that the too much drinks cause short circuits in the heart’s rhythm.

Flushing: Have you noticed your face going red after having few drinks? It’s “flushing.” 36% of the East Asians (Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Koreans) show the sign of flushing. The red face after drinking also is an indication that the person may develop high blood pressure and Esophageal Cancer.