Drinking alcohol is actually proven to worsen symptoms of hay fever and asthma, like sneezing, due to its histamine content â€” produced during the fermentation process and responsible for setting off allergy reactions.
But according to charityÂ Asthma UK, clear spirits like gin and vodka are â€œbetter optionsâ€ as theyâ€™re â€œvery low in histaminesâ€.
Gin also doesnâ€™t contain any sulfites â€” another group of compounds known to provoke asthma and other allergy-like symptoms.
As for the types of alcohol hay fever sufferers may want to avoid: Red wine and some beers are typically very high in histamines, while white wine and cider tend to have high levels of sulfites.
Itâ€™s not just alcohol to consider steering clear of either.Â Fermented foods, vinegar, cured meats, dried fruit, most citrus fruits, aged cheese, and â€” prepare yourselves â€” avocados are also high in histamines.