Drinking alcohol is actually proven to worsen symptoms of hay fever and asthma, like sneezing, due to its histamine content ?€¡± produced during the fermentation process and responsible for setting off allergy reactions.
But according to charity??Asthma UK, clear spirits like gin and vodka are ?€?better options?€? as they?€?re ?€?very low in histamines?€?.
Gin also doesn?€?t contain any sulfites ?€¡± another group of compounds known to provoke asthma and other allergy-like symptoms.
As for the types of alcohol hay fever sufferers may want to avoid: Red wine and some beers are typically very high in histamines, while white wine and cider tend to have high levels of sulfites.
It?€?s not just alcohol to consider steering clear of either.??Fermented foods, vinegar, cured meats, dried fruit, most citrus fruits, aged cheese, and ?€¡± prepare yourselves ?€¡± avocados are also high in histamines.