People With An Allergy To Hops May Think They Are Just Allergic To Beer

Some people cannot drink beer because they have a hop allergy where hops are used to produce this popular drink.

What Are Hops?

Hops look similar to small pine cones. The flowers are dried before being used in beer production. The pollen from hops causes an allergic reaction in some people.

They are sometimes referred to as bitters because they combine with the sugar from grain to give beer its balanced, characteristic flavor. Hops are added toward the end of the beer-making process.

People with an allergy to hops may believe that they are allergic to beer. In reality, the pollen from the hops causes an allergy in some people.

What Are Hops Allergy Symptoms?

A hop allergy is usually fairly mild, but it can cause a lot of discomfort. Some of the hops allergy symptoms can include a skin rash or a sinus problem with swelling, discomfort and pain. It can also result in a runny nose, sneezing, or congestion after drinking beer.

People who work in beer production sometimes develop an allergy to hops. They may have trouble breathing while on the job. When they touch hops, they may develop a rash on their hands or arms. Someone with a severe hops allergy would not be able to continue working with this plant that causes an allergic reaction every day.

Other hops symptoms are hives, facial swelling, and swelling of the mouth and tongue. These are signs of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening whole-body reaction that causes trouble breathing and swelling in the throat. Emergency medical treatment is required if you or someone you are with has these symptoms.

Can You Be Allergic to Hops?

A Hops allergy is caused from hop pollen, which can affect people who drink beer. Some people say that certain beer brands that use high quantities of hops are more likely to cause allergic reactions. You can take non-drowsy Benadryl or another antihistamine to relive some of the allergic reaction symptoms if this happens to you.

How can an allergic reaction to hops be avoided?

The only way to avoid having an allergic reaction to hops is to avoid foods containing hops. If you develop sinus problems or other allergic reactions after drinking beer, you are probably not allergic to beer but to the hops in it.

Photo: Pexels

Latest Community Discussions

Latest Post by Theschaeffers Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:53am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:17pm
Comments: 173
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:08pm
Comments: 714
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:51pm
Comments: 483
Latest Post by doggydude (not verified) Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:06am
Comments: 9
Latest Post by doggydude (not verified) Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:00am
Comments: 14

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...

It Is Easy To Buy Peanut Free Chocolate Online

Ask any parent of a child with a potentially life-...

How Do You Determine If A Food Is Safe For A Peanut Allergic Person?

The answer varies. “Peanut-free” means different things to different...

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a New Drug Application for an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) designed for use with...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

Soymilk is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk. As well as being rich in fiber, soy is a great source of protein and contains all...

My mom was at a lakeside restaurant enjoying fish and chips when her mouth began tingling. The next day at a family gathering, we had grilled...

Peanuts and peanut oil are cheap and easy additives to food and other commercial goods. It is surprising (and alarming if you have a...

Vegetable oil is healthy before it is hydrogenated and a process that requires adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats. Oils that are often...

Although it's true that peanuts are in many snack items, there are several snacks that do not contain peanuts. Anyone who has a peanut...

The most frightening thing about a severe allergic reaction to a new food is that it can happen so fast. If parents are not looking for allergic...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

Families who have food allergies are familiar with reading food labels and of being aware of everything that they or their allergic child eats....

If a parent is alert and observing their toddler when peanuts are first introduced, the chance of the child receiving help if she has a reaction...

For those who don't have experience with peanut allergies, going 'peanut-free' often seems as easy as avoiding peanut butter sandwiches and bags...

Dealing with food allergies can be difficult, especially if you're not sure what's 'safe' to buy. This is especially true for those with severe...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...