Originally Posted by Douglas
Holy crap, I think I just had an allergic reaction to red wine.
Background: I have known sinus issues and many allergies; nearly all are related to pollens, cats and dogs, etc. I take meds daily and I am undergoing immunotherapy shots. I have also had sinus surgery, about 18 months ago.
I've also had a small handful of asthma attacks over the years. I do wheeze slightly after athletic activity, but never enough to bother me. I've had rescue inhalers on and off over the years based on that small sample size of attacks, but I don't believe I'd used one in at least 5-8 years.
I have had but one notable issue with food, ever. I ate a tree nut of some sort (labeled as an "acorn") from an Asian market, about 5 years ago, and noted my mouth itching and airway constricting slightly. But I never have had an issue since, and I haven't done anything to avoid other nuts. I've never eaten anything from the Asian store labeled as an acorn again, but other than that....
Tonight, I open a bottle of cheap red (Nero) and on the first sip, I sneeze. Within 2 minutes, I've sneezed quite a few times. I note the sneezes to my wife, laughing that ha, maybe I'm allergic to wine. I have noticed before on hangover mornings that my allergies can seem worse, but other than that, nothing remarkable or so sudden onset like this.
But the bottle is clearly punked, so I go pour out our wines and open another bottle (Cab). I have a sip, and now I'm coughing. I'm having a farking asthma attack. For once, I actually have a rescue inhaler, and as an added bonus, I even know where it is. I take a few hits off the inhaler and things calm down, though even now, 45 minutes later, I am definitely struggling just a bit.
So, so weird. I drink plenty, though it's probably been a week or two since I last had a glass of red. But believe me, there are dozens of glasses of red in my relatively immediate rearview mirror.
Anyways, this isn't really a question, as this is a medical issue, but Christ it's a weird one for me to so suddenly have such a notable reaction to something I do consume so regularly.
I hope this isn't the beginning of something serious.