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What test can you take to find out if you have an alcohol allergy?

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If you think you have an alcohol allergy, talk to your doctor. To find out what’s going on, she'll:

Ask you about your family history. Much like allergies, alcohol intolerance can be passed down in families.

Ask you about your symptoms and give you a physical exam

Do a skin prick test. It can show if you're allergic to an ingredient in alcoholic beverages. You’ll get a prick on your skin with a tiny bit of the substance you may be allergic to. If you're allergic, you’ll get a raised bump in that spot.

Test your blood

Your doctor also may recommend that you stop drinking all alcoholic beverages for a while. Then you can start again, perhaps trying just one of your go-to drinks at a time.

From: Do I Have an Allergy to Alcohol? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Allergy UK: “Alcohol Allergy.”

University of Notre Dame, Student Well-Being: “Alcohol Allergies: Do They Exist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Definition.”

ASCIA: “Alcohol allergy.”

New Health Guide: “Alcohol Intolerance.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Symptoms.”

Food Reactions: “Alcohol Intolerance.”

Robert Eitches, MD, FAAAAI, Los Angeles.

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Risk factors.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Definition.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Allergy UK: “Alcohol Allergy.”

University of Notre Dame, Student Well-Being: “Alcohol Allergies: Do They Exist?”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Definition.”

ASCIA: “Alcohol allergy.”

New Health Guide: “Alcohol Intolerance.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Symptoms.”

Food Reactions: “Alcohol Intolerance.”

Robert Eitches, MD, FAAAAI, Los Angeles.

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Risk factors.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol intolerance: Definition.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 22, 2019

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