Posted by: | 2020/09/02


Alcohol and asthma

For the last year every time, I consume alcohol I have fairly severe breathing problems lasting 3+ days. The more I drink and the more regular, the worse the breathing issues. I have been various clinics, doctors x rays scan ect and all shows as good healthy lungs. I have learnt to avoid certain drinks like beer and cider which give me worse symptoms and drinks such as gin seem to have a less affect yet its still bad enough for me to need to use my blue inhaler regularly after consumption for 3-4 days with fairly severe breathless. I take a strong antihistamine before drinking but not sure what effect this has. I’ve been refered to allergy clinics but they don’t believe the reaction is severe or quick enough to be a serious allergy (I am being tested for a yeast allergy in a month) Prior to the last 12 months I’ve never had issues with alcohol and my athsma has been fairly well controlled. I’m very active and a non smoker. Im 23 its frustrating I I cant enjoy myself and I worry the problem may get worse in the future. Any suggestions to lessen or irradiate the affects after drinking? To mention as well the issue with breathing isn’t consistent. It always has an effect but the severity differs time to time. Thank you

Expert's Reply


Asthma Expert
- 2020/09/04

I have not come across this before. It does sound like and allergic reaction to some component in the alcohol.  I’m speculating a yeast or a by-product or something else?  The antihistamine and avoidance strategy seems to be the best way forward.

All the best.

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