Vinegar Allergy

Allergies are a type of “bodily reactivity to an antigen in response to a first exposure,” or an “exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction such as coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itching or skin rash to substances situations, or physical states.”


In simple terms, allergies are due to hypersensitivity of the immune system that causes damaging responses that affect the whole body. This occurs when the body produces histamine (a component of stomach acid that helps breakdown food) to fight allergens (ex. Pollen, dust, animal fur, bites/stings, molds or some other food). The immune system then reacts by producing immunoglobulin E (antibodies that travel to cells that release chemical causing an allergic reaction) that initiates the allergic symptoms.


Allergic categories include:


  • Seasonal allergies
  • Perennial allergies – reaction to house dust which may contain molds, fungal spores, fiber of fabrics, animal dander, dust mite droppings, and bits of insects.
  • Food allergies – examples are shellfish, food additives
  • Drug/medication allergies
  • Skin/Eye allergies
  • Indoor allergies
  • Pet/Animal allergies
  • Anaphylaxis – severe, potentially life-threating and treated as a medical emergency.


Food Allergy as one of the most common allergy is reported to be experienced by more than 50 million Americans according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergy to food additives is one of the rarest and one of the most difficult to trace since it has the same symptoms as other allergies.


Vinegar allergy for instance, occurs when the amount of vinegar in your body is out of control. Since vinegar can be made out of anything that can be fermented, people with this kind of allergy should always watch out for food and drinks that contain any kind of vinegar.


Examples of vinegars are:


  • Apple cider
  • Balsamic
  • Beer
  • Cane
  • Coconut
  • East Asian Black
  • Date
  • Honey
  • Fruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Job’s tears
  • Malt
  • Kombucha
  • Raisin
  • Palm
  • Rice and wine


Vinegar comes in different types though they all share a common process, fermentation through yeast. Fermentation is a metabolic process that consumes sugar in the absence of oxygen with end products such as organic acids, gases and alcohol.


Some of the products containing vinegar include soy sauce, dried fruit, tomato paste, beer, wine, and bread. So it is best to always check food and drink’s tags and labels.


When vinegar allergy occurs, initial symptoms include:


  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Heartburn
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Constipation
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • White coated tongue


If you have initially experienced these symptoms upon ingestion of food and drinks containing vinegar, it would be better to avoid them and to always check the ingredients. Conventional treatments are available in case an allergy symptom occurs but it’s always best to check with the doctor for confirmatory labs and tests since this allergy or any kind of allergic symptoms are somewhat the same from all other allergies.





This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied as  medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication or supplements.


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