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    Beer Allergy?----Yeast?
    dentalbart posted:
    I have been trying to figure out what I am allergic to. My skin gets really itchy, pins and needles ,burning, and is relieved with loratadine. Last night I had to take two for it to get better.
    After doing some online research, I am thinking that I might be allergic to brewer's yeast. I think my reactions are occuring with american micro brews, so far, with ales, I don't recall having this problem with german lagers. If it is beer, it seems to happen within about 1-2 hours , after one beer, or even less. I don't know, certain breads? Bagels? I thought I may have had a similar reaction with bagels, I don't know.
    Aqua14 responded:
    Beer and wine (particularly darker beers and red wines) contain histamine which is produced in the brewing process. Histamine, as you may know, is one of the "allergy chemicals" responsible for causing itching, sneezing, runny nose, etc. An American microbrewed ale would tend to contain more histamine than a light German lager. Here's a link to an abstract of a study on the concentration of histamine in beers and wines:

    If in fact your reaction is due to ingesting histamine in beer, then as you found it could be relieved with an antihistamine -- although one should always be careful when using antihistamines and drinking alcohol, because antihistamines can amplify the effects of alcohol, making one drunker, quicker. It's important to point out that this type of reaction doesn't mean that you have an allergy, but is simply your body's reaction to the histamine in the beer.

    Rather than guessing what you are allergic to, why not visit an allergist and get an expert's opinion? A person can have itchy skin in response to inhaled allergens such as dust, mold, cat dander, etc. An allergist can solve your mystery by testing you.

    Hope this helps you. Take care & good luck. Judy
    It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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