Wine

by Allergy Guy

Wine allergy problems kind of ruin the fun now, don’t they!

See below for more information about wine allergies.

This section also has extensive comments. You can learn a lot by reading about other people’s experiences. Feel free to add your own comments.

This section is about wine and allergies.

People who are allergic to wine may be sensitive to one or more of the following substances:

You will probably find the following comments to be very interesting. Go ahead and read them, and feel free to add your own.

When you are done, you can answer the Allergy Details Wine Survey. I want to find out what wines cause people the most trouble. This will be very helpful to you as more people leave comments.

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1 kimberly March 5, 2013 at 17:43

an excerpt from the http://www.kitchn.com:
Any wine containing more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur dioxide must affix to the label ‘contains sulfites’. In the EU the maximum levels of sulfur dioxide that a wine can contain are 160 ppm for red wine, 210 ppm for white wine and 400 ppm for sweet wines. Quite similar levels apply in the US, Australia and around the world….
So maybe the higher sulfite content in white and sweet wine are why we are having such issues??

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2 Sherry March 17, 2013 at 22:00

I love chardonnay. I love 3 glasses every evening. Lately I have found that I wake up in the morning with a very bloated stomache. Since January, I have watched my food calories and mostly just eat veggies and meat. No sugar or carbs, or very little. I am wondering what I can do to eliminate the gas and bloatiness. (is that a word?) I have seen products that help lactose, beans, etc. Anything I can take to help my chardonnay symptoms? Not trying to be an idiot avoiding quitting… just checking out my other options first. I’m about to turn 50. I’m 135 pounds. Female. Thanks!

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3 Lorna April 25, 2013 at 07:18

I have always enjoyed wines of all kinds but several years ago I noticed that after drinking wine i would wake up in the middle of the night itching all over my body… No rash or anything but just this horrible itching.

I stopped drinking wine when a friend said she too stopped because of the same problem and said it might be the sulfites.

A month ago I started drinking wine again but with no problems. I had a glass or two each night. Now all of a sudden again I’m noticing itching. four nights ago i was itching only at my jaw line, I didnt think it was the wine. The next day my jaw and cheek were itching. two days later I had another glass of wine and woke up with hives all over my face and I havent had wine since but the hives are stil there, both sides of my face and now its like some sort of itchy rash that is sprinkled around my ribcage area. Still super itchy.

Im wondering how long this itching will last as I havent had wine in two days but it seems to get worse when I sleep.. I just woke up now and my face is tight and burning and itchy with hives, same with my chest at my ribs.

How long do these sulfites stay in your body? and is there anything I can do to stop the itching?

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4 emmi June 19, 2013 at 15:48

I get a skin condition from wine (and other things like chocolate and spices) and I’m pretty sure it’s nickel (or some other metal) that is the cause. There is a threshold where it doesn’t bother me (if I only have a half a glass) but then it kicks in and can get really bad if I have more. I get itching but when it’s bad these hard fluid sacks that can get pussy and in bad places like neck and inside my nose. (sorry if TMI). It’s some kind of immune system thing because if I take a benedryl the symptoms go away right away.

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5 Grama Pei October 15, 2015 at 15:23

benadryl and water. lots of water. The solution to pollution is dilution.

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6 Mandi September 29, 2013 at 11:48

So glad to see these posts. I have discovered that my allergy is to red wines. As with any allergy, the first blush can go un-noticed, but each successive exposure becomes worse. After my right eye was swollen and tearing in the middle of the night and my sinus blocked I have figured it out. Two glasses of really nice red wine with dinner out and nothing else different, I get it. Though I enjoy a nice red wine with red meat, I’ll just pass and stick with my white. I’ve been a white wine enthusiast for the past 15 years with no problem. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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7 Lesley Eves February 13, 2014 at 05:40

I find when I drink any wine the next morning my fingers are numb and this is only if its alcohol. Its mainly always wine. I find it strange as I know people that drink lots of wine and have no symptoms. I have Coeliac disease which is a what allergy but I thought wine was gluten free and ok. The rash I get in my fingers after wine too is weird its all under the skin a red rash that itches too.

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8 jer April 13, 2014 at 22:14

I have the same symptoms as you I’m just realizing every time I drink wine I itch horrible on my hands. I also have a gluten allergy and thought it was gluten free I feel everything lately is making me itch and burn after eating! It’s getting really frustrating I try to introduce all clean eating and one new good at a time but still itching and burning hands no matter what?

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9 Grama Pei October 15, 2015 at 15:26

You could be allergic to the yeast, too, or the molds in the wine. Make your own wine. You will clean the grapes much better than those that are commercially-brewed will be cleaned, avoiding chemical residues and moldy grapes. Also, drink dry wines- less reaction than with sweet wines…

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10 Leila May Reinert July 22, 2014 at 23:10

Asti Spumante anaphylactic allergy

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11 RITA August 21, 2014 at 08:50

this past weekend I drank, for the first time, Barefoot Pink Moscato. I liked it so I drank a lot of it. A few days thereafter, I woke up with my eyes practically swollen shut. A week went by and I went out with my friends for a birthday celebration. I ordered Moscato (don’t know the brand) – and guess what? My eyes are puffy again. No more Moscato for me! :(

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12 Sammic August 26, 2014 at 10:11

I have had a severe reaction to the area around my eyes, red, swollen, itchy skin which lasted for around 3 days. This has occurred sporadically over the last 9 months and had been put down to a number of things including new washing powder, bread, pollen or even stress. I now think it might be the white wine I have bought on the odd occasion. I had my last bout over the weekend and the only thing I can put it down to is the glass of Fair Trade Chenin Blanc I had. I remember having this the last time my eyes reacted. I’ll stick to the better quality ones next time!

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13 Julie Lamppa October 23, 2014 at 13:25

I am so thankful to have found his blog! I have been having contact dermatitis on my eyelids, including redness, swelling and irrititation for about 2 months. I have had allergies in the past diagnosed with patch testing so reverted back to all “safe” products. However, I am still having intermittent issues. This morning, my husband connected that whenever I drink Cambria Pinot Noir, I wake up with swollen eyes. Frankly, this is giving me a mild panic attack. I will continue to monitor and eliminate/sample over the next weeks. Thanks for sharing your eye reactions, it seems that most people have other symptoms.

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14 Lee December 31, 2015 at 23:54

I went to a new years eve party and had to leave after 2 glasses of barefoot moscato. I started sneezing and could not stop for 20 minutes. Had to take benedryl. I love the taste. This is the second time its happened. I do love the taste though.

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15 Martha September 1, 2014 at 17:12

I love cabernet and have been drinking it for the last 18 years. For the last 5 years I started developing these bumps around my mouth that are small and medium size. Some, are itty bitty with liquid in them, sometimes they itch sometimes they are just there. I have these red blotches around my mouth. I realized that what caused it was the wine, I found out when I was training for a marathon and decided to not drink any wine for 6 months. After my race I had a well deserved glass (or 2) of cabernet, and the next day there they were again. So, also what I found out is it is not with all cabs, I just have to figure out which label it is. I love, love my cabernet.

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16 Cathe October 8, 2014 at 19:59

My jaw will often hurt when drinking red wine. Is this some kind of allergy? It is something that just recently started happening to me.

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17 Annie October 23, 2014 at 23:10

I am so very happy to read I am not alone ! I woke up this morning with swollen red eyes, my skin around my eyes raw sore feels like a sun burn. This has happened to me 3 times in the last 2 months . I was thinking about it all morning, “what could it be I’m reacting to…”. Then it all came together. It was red wine(cab sauv) that I drank each one of those nights including last that it happens.

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18 Robin December 11, 2014 at 18:28

Took me forever to connect it was my single glass of white wine that I was drinking every night that caused a terribly itchy rash on my toes and fingers. Wakes me up out of a sound sleep with the itching. Only thing for temporary relief is to soak my feet in ice water. Doesn’t do much for getting back to sleep but at least relieves itching for a while. One glass will cause symptoms for two or three days. No more wine for me.

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19 Suzy Q January 2, 2015 at 12:11

I used to suffer badly with itching and hives (taking up to 6 weeks to heal properly) it was my own doctor who finally put two and two together when we went through what I was eating and drinking. Rose wine every night with supper especially throughout the last summer we had and my skin suffered terribly I now stay well away from wine!

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20 debby January 11, 2015 at 20:40

I have had hives since 12/12. It is now 1/11. I went to my naturopath this week and he seemed to think my melatonin levels were off. He did some testing and saw my response. I gave up my wine for a few days and started taking melatonin and my hives stopped. I had a few glasses on Friday and had 2 hives pop up. Then I had some more wine Saturday night and woke up this morning with a good dose of hives. It hits my groin area the worse. I get them on my hips, behind my knees, when my arms bend….seems to hit joint areas the most but once on my forearm and once on my side. I was wearing a fitting shirt and it was along the seam. They are worse in the morning after having wine. I love my cabs, pinots, zinfandels, all red wine actually and thought switching to a nitrate free organic brand would help. It was worse. I am going to give it a few weeks and then try to figure out if one is better than another or if white wine does the same thing. I went through a lot of stress this year and thought that might be it. Wine was my saving grace. I hope it’s not that.

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21 helmia February 20, 2015 at 12:14

Have had trouble with swollen eyelids and they are so red and itchy. Had this 6 months now. Have seen 3 docs and had 3 different creams to try, none of which work. The woman in the health shop said maybe I am allergic to nuts. I have a handful a day, thinking they are good for you. I stopped eating those but I still have itchy eyelids. But having read all these comments I am wondering if the problem is red wine. I like a glass at night. I will now give it up and see if that helps. I really help so as this condition is getting me down.

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22 Heidi December 16, 2015 at 06:09

Hi Helmia,
Same thing! Ugh! I think its red wine! I hear you on the eye creams that didn’t work. For me it was thanksgiving – i had more red wine than usual and my eye lids swelled with the red itchy symptoms. I didn’t have wine for a stretch and it took 2 weeks to fully go away. Then I got relaxed and had a glass of red wine (cab from trader joes) and i’m all swollen and itchy again. Would be nice to connect on FB or email? not sure how that works – i’m new at this whole blog thing…

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23 helmia January 18, 2016 at 03:48

Hi Heidi.
Just seen this.
Well in the end the only thing that got rid of my eye condition was Elidel cream, prescribed by the skin specialist in the hospital. It worked almost at once and I was so relieved. I still think it was nail varnish that set the problem off, inadvertently touching my eyes when my nails weren’t dry. I have drunk wine over Xmas and all is well. I am meant to be having a skin patch test next week, have to go to the hospital 3 times a week. I hope I can make it as I would like to know what they find I am allergic to. BTW if you want to find me on Facebook I am Shirley Anne Cook ( or try surname Harber) I write poetry under my Cook name and books under Harber. All best for your own condition.

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24 jenny June 18, 2015 at 17:43

Many years ago (25 yrs) I was diagnosed with yeast/mold allergies after working in a basement-type room for 2-3 weeks. The room had carpeting that had been wet/ damp and evidently moldy. Anyway, I developed the allergy with skin reactions; no respiratory problems at all. My eyelids and below my eyes were red and scalded-looking, had itchy eczema bumps on my fingers and palms, and even broke out with itchy bumps in my scalp. I was prescribed Nystatin which is used to treat skin infections caused by yeast for this systemic allergy. Anyway, even now after I drink 2-3 glasses of red wine per weekend, my eyelids with become red and I develop red itchy puffy spots under my eyes near the cheekbones. Sometimes the spots will only develop after several weekends of wine-drinking, not immediately the next morning. So I have decided to avoid all wines :( and maybe to have a glass occasionally. My doctor said this allergy can be brought on by eating any fermented-type foods: cheese, blue cheese, etc. so moderation is the key. I just wanted to comment and say that your rashes probably are related to the wine drinking. Sorry!! I also avoid any mildew-smelling rooms like thrift shops, etc. and will only stay in them for short periods if I have to.

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25 Debbie June 23, 2015 at 17:07

I have been to so many dermatologists and stopped wearing fingernail polish and tried many, many dermatits products for my itchy crinkled undereyes both over the counter an prescription steriod creams. I hate to say it but when I stopped drinking Chardonnay wine, this condition went away. I am going to miss it!

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26 Shelley November 16, 2015 at 10:39

I slowly developed eczema on my hands over the course of about 2-3 years. At it’s peak, my entire palms were red, crusty, peeling, even the fingers. My hands were a mess. Then the fronts of my legs started with red itchy excema also. Tried everything for 3 years, including steroid creams, diet changes–everything I could find! Finally in desperation gave up my 3 glasses of red wine per day. After 30 days, my hands were completely clear. Now I can have a couple of glasses a week, anything after that & the cycle starts again. The wine either created & is now aggravating a leaky gut that is trying to heal, or it’s allergy. Liver enzymes were slightly elevated also, not sure if that plays into it. Wish I knew for sure, I love my wine! Drank it for decades, almost every day!

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27 Julie January 3, 2016 at 19:47

I had that major big allergy test from my blood and I was allergic to Brewers and baking yeast. Dunno if it can help anymore here lol
Wine is all about yeast lol
Have a good life

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28 alexis January 29, 2016 at 15:41

I am pretty sure I have an allergy to wine, but am unsure.

I have always consumed wine, no problem. I did a natural cleanse and was eating clean and decided to indulge in 2 glasses of red wine. The next morning I woke up with severe puffiness under my eyes, they were also red. I thought I had been allergic to a new dryer sheet. It took about 2 days for the puffiness to go away, but the redness remained. About 4 days later I had 1.5 glasses of red wine at dinner, felt fine. Woke up the next day with the puffiness back, THis time it took a day to go away. 4 days later I had 2 glasses of wine, woke up with puffiness. THis entire time I thought it was an allergy to products….. so I threw out my makeup, moisturizers, etc. Finally, I waited till my eyes were back to normal, had 2 glasses of red wine. When I woke up, under my eyes were extremely puffy and red, just as bad as the first time. Its taking a while for this puffiness and redness to go away. I scheduled an allergy panel for next week to get to the bottom of this. I have to wait a week to get the Benedryl/Zyrtec out of my system. Does anyone have any advice?? Is this normal or in line with a wine allergy? What should I have tested? help!

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29 Karen February 26, 2016 at 22:42

My eyelid is super itchy. It might be red wine but – here is the weird part -it is only one eyelid. How can that be?

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30 Allergy Guy March 2, 2016 at 00:12

I got the same thing with aspirin years ago, just one eyelid. Doesn’t solve the mystery but definitely does happen.

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31 Nic Gange January 9, 2017 at 22:26

Alexis, i had exactly the same thing, been drinking red wine for many years, then practically no alcohol for 12 weeks then when i started again, i either get swollen under eyes or a swollen lip after more than 2 glasses of red wine only, which really sucks cause its my favorite. I haven’t been tested at Dr yet but im still playing around with different brands, variety and quality (cost). be very interested how you go.. I”m not sure if its sulphites or histamines..

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32 Joan H. March 13, 2016 at 21:18

I started drinking wine (red Sangria) and I had no problems at all. Then the store was out of it and they recommended another sweet red wine. I bought it and drank some that night. The next day my face was swollen with deep lines next to my chin and swelling of my cheeks with a rash. The next night, the rash went under my jaw line and down my neck. I thought, it was from the new makeup, I just started. I stopped the makeup and didn’t have any red wine and everything went away. I drank red wine two days ago, and here, I am again with a swollen itchy, lumpy face. Sometimes, it feels like it is on fire. So, now, I know what caused it the red wine! It is worse, this time with lumps and bumps and is really scaring me. I don’t know, when you need medical help with something like this. I never heard of a red wine allergy before, but, I sure have one.

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33 Dolly May 4, 2016 at 22:28

I have always loved red wine for special dinner outings, but I started to have an allergic reaction to it. My throat would become instantly sore and starts to swell and close up (about the same time I became allergic to aniseed with the same reaction) I later experimented and found two Italian wines that didn’t seem to swell my throat at all – Riccadonna Ruby and red Lambrusco (both sparkling and slightly sweet) I wanted to know why they didn’t swell my throat and found out they use a Tuscan grape over there that is designed to be drunk young so that the fruit has less contact with the skin.

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