Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people.
Normally, your immune system fights germs. It is your body’s defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, it is responding to a false alarm. Genes and the environment probably both play a role.
Allergies can range from mild to severe and can affect your airways, sinuses, nasal passages, skin and digestive system. Examples of this variety of symptoms are runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, and asthma. Anaphylaxis is the term for severe allergic reaction which is life-threatening and can cause death if not given immediate medical attention. To treat allergies, doctors use skin and blood tests for diagnosis and treatment is by avoiding the substance that causes such allergic reaction, giving allergic shots, and medicines.
Food allergy as one of the most common allergies can cause tingling in the mouth; swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat; hives; and anaphylaxis. In rare occasions, some people experience food additive allergy, specifically from vinegar. People who suffer from this kind of allergy are always on the look for foods that contain vinegar. Though it comes in many types, one thing in common is that they entail fermentation through yeast.
Vinegars can be done from anything that can be fermented. Examples of vinegar are: apple cider, balsamic, beer, cane, coconut, East Asian black, Date, honey, fruit, Kiwi fruit, Job’s tears, malt, kombucha, raisin, palm, rice and wine.
There is not much research on vinegar allergy but it usually develops when a large amount of such food additive has been ingested. Some food and drinks that contain high-levels of vinegar are dried fruit, soy sauce, tomato paste, beer, wine, and bread.
Allergic symptoms usually appear after a few minutes with common symptoms such as migraines, headaches, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, heartburn, vomiting, sore throat, runny nose, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, nasal congestion, constipation, skin rash, diarrhea, and a white coated tongue. Most of these symptoms are somewhat similar with other food allergies so if you suspect allergy to vinegar, it is best to: avoid foods containing this additive; to always read tags and food labels; and to seek doctor’s advice so you can undergo further tests and obtain proper diagnosis.
This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.