Why does wine make me congested

For instance, beer and wine contain high levels of histamine, which can also contribute to a runny nose or nasal congestion. Or, maybe you’re sensitive to sulfites or other chemicals in alcoholic beverages, resulting in nausea or headaches.

Can alcohol give you nasal congestion?

Nasal Congestion

Some people find that when they drink alcohol, they experience sneezing and nasal congestion. There are two physiological reasons why this can happen. First, some people have lower levels of the enzymes the body needs to break alcohol (ethanol) into metabolites that it can process and excrete.

How do you know if you’re allergic to wine?

Signs and symptoms of a wine allergy

  1. runny nose or nasal congestion.
  2. a burning or itching sensation on the lips, mouth, or throat.
  3. rash or hives, which may be itchy.
  4. digestive upset, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  5. shortness of breath.
  6. swelling of the lips, mouth, or throat.

Can wine cause phlegm?

A survey by Saric of factory workers found that heavy alcohol intake of wine and spirits was associated with sputum production, bronchitis, wheezing, and airflow obstruction as measured by spirometry (Saric et al., 1977).

Which alcohol has least histamine?

When it comes to spirits, stick to tequila, vodka and gin. They’re lower in histamine than other liquors.

What are the symptoms of sulfite intolerance?

Symptoms include flushing, fast heartbeat, wheezing, hives, dizziness, stomach upset and diarrhoea, collapse, tingling or difficulty swallowing. Many of these reactions when fully assessed have been found not to be anaphylaxis, or caused by triggers other than sulfites.

Can red wine cause sinus problems?

Drinking Fluids for Healthy Sinuses

“For some people, dairy products can cause mucus to thicken up, and that may cause sinus pressure and congestion.” Drinking alcohol, especially red wine and beer, can also cause sinus pressure and congestion.