Food Allergy Counseling: Drinking Alcohol, Food Allergies

Family lore says that my grandmother’s rule about eating fish: don't drink alcohol with it because your mouth will itch.

My theory: my grandmother was allergic to fish. The alcohol was probably a cofactor for her. Makes sense as her daughter, my mother, is allergic to crab and I’m allergic to salmon. 

"Co-factor enhanced food allergy” is a term used to describe a situation where a food- allergic reaction is worse or only occurs if there is an additional factor present. The three most common co-factors are: exercise, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, including aspirin and ibuprofen), and alcohol."

Something to address with your board certified medical health provider, for sure.


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