Around 7 percent suffer from a wine allergy

Around 7 percent suffer from a wine allergy

Many Germans are allergic to wine

At the end of August, a study started at the University of Mainz, which examines the allergic potential of wine for the first time. 4,000 questionnaires were sent to residents of Mainz to determine how many of them had a wine allergy. The first results are now available.

In the study on wine allergy, around seven percent of those surveyed stated that they suffered from allergic reactions after drinking wine, reports the “Apotheken Umschau”. The researchers around Professor Dr. Heinz Decker from the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz said that the wine allergy study has broken new ground. So far "there is no scientific study anywhere in the world of how often such an allergy occurs among the population", said Prof. Decker at the start of the study at the end of August.

Women in particular show allergic reactions to wine According to the current results, around seven percent of those surveyed suffer from wine intolerance, which manifests itself, for example, in reddening of the skin and itching in the nose. According to a message from the University of Mainz, palpitations and nausea can also be caused by food intolerance. Women were affected more often than men in the survey. According to the experts, it can only be clarified by a medical examination whether there is actually a wine allergy. According to Prof. Decker, the trigger for the allergic reactions are “several protein groups.” According to the experts, these proteins in the wine cause an immune reaction that can also cause a swollen throat and breathing problems. (fp)

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