Vinegar Allergy

For thousands of years, vinegar has been an integral part of our society. Its wide variety of uses in the domestic, medical and industrial fields has made it a common household name. From ancient beverages to modern food preparation and preservation, from folk medicine to current diet techniques, from pest control to household hacks, there is virtually a lot that vinegar has to offer.

Vinegar, also called acetic acid or ethanoic acid, is produced through the fermentation of certain fruit juices, spirits, grains or other materials that are fermentable. They can come from different fermentation processes, produce different colors, and yield their own unique taste and aroma. There is an abundance of vinegar types out there, depending from which they came from; common among them are apple, tomato, grape, kiwi, dates, nipa palm, coconut water, sugarcane, rice, wheat, malt and distilled alcohol.

Development of allergies to vinegar is uncommon, and not much research had been done pertaining to it. Vinegar allergies may be triggered through too much consumption or skin contact with this, or of any products that may contain them. Since vinegar is present in many of the food that we buy nowadays, those who have developed hypersensitivity to this sour-tasting liquid must always be keen to examine first the labels of grocery items before purchasing them. You can’t be too careful when your health is on the line.

It would be beneficial if we are aware of the usual symptoms of vinegar allergy. Below is a list of allergic reactions that may occur if someone with vinegar allergy has accidentally consumed vinegar:

• Headache
• Migraine
• Eye irritation
• Itchy nose
• Runny nose
• Nasal congestion
• Wheezing
• Sore throat
• Heart burn
• Cough
• White-coated tongue
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Skin rash
• Fatigue

Looking at the list, vinegar allergy can be quite difficult to diagnose for the obvious reason that its symptoms are similar to other diseases. One can determine whether they have vinegar allergy or not is if any of the following symptoms mentioned above are experienced a few minutes after consuming vinegar or any product that has vinegar content. It is then best to see a doctor as soon as allergic reactions manifest so that he/she can prescribe medicine/s or run further tests, because the results may show that is not actually vinegar allergy that you have but another form of illness. Individuals who confirm that they have this type of allergy should immediately steer clear from any products with vinegar in it.

To better help you in avoiding the foods that has vinegar content, below is a list of general items that people with vinegar allergy should be cautious with or totally consider as off limits. This is not a perfect list but it should already guide you on your next visit to the grocery store. If unsure of the product that you’re going to take, again, check the product label.

• Mayonnaise
• Most sauces
• Mustard
• Tomato sauce
• Certain bread crumbs
• Fruit cakes
• Some pastries
• Olives
• Pickle
• Most sun dried products
• Marzipan
• Sausages
• Some chips
• Lots of curries
• Commercial gravies
• Commercial icings
• Marinades
• Fish batter
• Certain cheese
• Some household cleaning spray


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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