Symptoms of a coffee allergy
The symptoms of coffee intolerance very much resemble the manifestations of other types of food allergic reactions. The most common symptoms of coffee allergy include:
- skin reactions (itchy skin, red spots on the skin, hives, etc.);
- respiratory reactions (shortness of breath, coughing, sneezing, etc.);
- digestive reactions (diarrhea, flatulence, hiccups, etc.).
In addition, an allergic reaction can manifest itself in the form of a strong unpleasant chill, rapid heartbeat, migraine attacks. In some cases, the reaction to coffee can even appear from the smell: for example, people begin to sneeze, but still, as a rule, they do not refuse the invigorating drink. And this, in reality, can only be an initial, alarming sign worth listening for, as this is the first stage of a coffee allergy. Over time, such an innocent reaction can aggravate and cause the main symptoms outlined above.
As soon as you notice any of the symptoms during or after drinking coffee, you need to use antiallergenic preparations and follow the reaction of the body. If you get better, then most likely you have this particular type of allergy. It should be understood that it will not be possible to completely get rid of intolerance, you can only temporarily reduce the adverse effects of coffee on the body.
How does coffee allergy manifest itself?
Allergy to coffee can occur as a spontaneous and unexpected reaction, and be a recurring phenomenon. Features manifestations and the nature of allergies often depends on the type of coffee. This bracing drink is primarily divided into boiled and soluble. On these types and need to dwell. Real coffee, that is, custard, as a rule, is capable of causing stronger allergic reactions.
The most common manifestations of allergy include rashes, blisters, peeling and redness of the skin, which usually appear on the face, namely near the mouth and nose. Also frequent edema, pain in the abdomen, diarrhea (indigestion), the occurrence of shortness of breath. All of these symptoms are a sign of allergic gastroenteritis. In the most serious manifestations, a coffee allergy is accompanied by a strong fever, and even angioedema (a noticeable increase in the size of the face or some part or limbs).
As a rule, after the opening allergic reaction to this drink, intolerance of its smell also occurs: as a result, there may be an attack of nausea, sudden dizziness, vomiting, a bad cold, and other unpleasant sensations.
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Instant coffee allergy
The intolerance of such a drink as instant coffee is somewhat different. In the case of instant or powdered coffee, caffeine acts as the main cause of an allergic reaction. But exceptions are possible. In instant coffee, various chemical and food impurities are often found, which can also cause allergies. The thing is that the coffee itself in the instant drink is about 15 percent, and everything else is flavoring, food coloring, flavoring. These substances actively retain caffeine in the body, which is more in a soluble drink than in a cereal. Subsequently, regular consumption of instant coffee powder causes an overdose of caffeine. Drinking decaf coffee will not change the situation, since such a drink can lead to gallstone disease.
The primary signs of coffee allergy, such as swelling, skin rash, or itching, are rarely seen when drinking instant coffee, but abdominal pain, frustration and vomiting are almost always present. Quincke’s edema also cannot be ruled out.