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Dear doctor, is it possible to be allallergic to beer or alcohol? i get a bad rash on my chest and stomach. i've stopped drinking and its gone.

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Yes: But more likely you are allergic to something in the beer than the alcohol itself.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Histamin intolerance: Histamine intolerance refers to a reaction to foods that have high levels of naturally occurring histamine. Wine has high amount of histamine. All alcohol can make dao ( diamin eoxidase) , one of the enzymes that metabolizes histamine in the body, less effective- thus histamine will build up and give you certain reaction. Stay away from alcohol and be careful of highly processed or fermented food.

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