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 Help. Whenever I drink, I get a severely stuffy nose
Burnsy87  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:04:34 AM
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?
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Spartans  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:05:26 AM
Do you happen to do cocaine at the bar?
churrasco  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:05:43 AM
beer allergy
Burnsy87  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:06:15 AM
Not just beer, any alcohol, and no I don't do drugs.
Dilbert_556  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:06:35 AM
Sniphilis...I call dibs on all your good stuff.
Ventilator  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:06:40 AM
Don't drink?

Or drink and live with a stuffy nose?



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jperry69  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:06:51 AM
Don't drink
ETA: Damn beat by 11 seconds
Burnsy87  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:08:30 AM
What kind of men would suggest not drinking?



Fuckin' commies.


camarojsmith  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:09:20 AM
I'm the same way but with dark beers only. Problem is I really like dark beer. I'll drink one and can't breath through my nose.
Molotov357  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:10:22 AM
Could be an intolerance to acetaldehyde, the main metabolite of alcohol.

Some people have trouble metabolising it and it builds up in your system causing inflammation.
rebel_rifle  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:12:18 AM
Aids
roofgoat  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:14:02 AM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?


Yes, pump mist nose spray.
Mark D  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:14:18 AM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?


Check for gluten intolerance. Drink a couple glasses of wine or non-gluten grain alcohol and see if the stuffiness manifests.
smaddox  [Life Member]
4/6/2012 11:14:38 AM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?


Sudafed or This

Ragin_Cajun  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:14:51 AM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
What kind of men would suggest not drinking?



Fuckin' commies.





You ever been to Russia?
MNJack762  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:14:53 AM
You are allergic.

Stick to water and tea.
Averagebear  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:15:01 AM
Your body is telling you not to drink alcohol. Switch to Pot.

Seriously, it's an allergic reaction.
KiowaCreekRaider  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:17:07 AM
You are, most likely, allergic to beer

Sorry 'bout your luck
Atomic_Ferret  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:18:06 AM
Sulphide allergy?

I cannot drink cheap, fizzy yellow beer. Give me two Budweisers, Coors or Miller and I get that same reaction. Stuffy nose, flushed cheeks, generally feel miserable and run down. Oddly, Coors Light is an exception, probably due to it being closer to water then beer.

Guinness or just about any craft brewed beer, good to go. Hard liquor and mixed drinks, no problem.

ETA: The premixed Jack Daniels drinks make me vomit. No shit, had 2 one night, threw up. Had 1 a few weeks later to see what would happen. Yup, barf. No other alcohol involved and I have no worries with regular JD.
TrojanMan  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:18:40 AM
Originally Posted By camarojsmith:
I'm the same way but with dark beers only. Problem is I really like dark beer. I'll drink one and can't breath through my nose.


That's impossible. The only difference is toasting the darker grains. Are you allergic to toast, but not bread?

More than likely, you have a hop allergy and the light beers you drink are far less hopped.


Hop allergies present as a nasal hystamine response. Runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, scratchy throat/sinuses, etc.


It's been mentioned already, but there's no such thing as an ethanol allergy. It's actually an immunoglobulin response to aldehydes and presents as most other types of food allergies (swelling, puffiness, hives, fatigue, etc.). Which are not your symptoms, so it's unlikely you're allergic to alcohol.
TrojanMan  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:20:19 AM
Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
Sulphide allergy?

I cannot drink cheap, fizzy yellow beer. Give me two Budweisers, Coors or Miller and I get that same reaction. Stuffy nose, flushed cheeks, generally feel miserable and run down. Oddly, Coors Light is an exception, probably due to it being closer to water then beer.

Guinness or just about any craft brewed beer, good to go. Hard liquor and mixed drinks, no problem.


Cheap beer uses hop extract. You may have a mild hop allergy that's only triggered by extract.
Windustsearch  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:20:49 AM
Originally Posted By Mark D:
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?


Check for gluten intolerance. Drink a couple glasses of wine or non-gluten grain alcohol and see if the stuffiness manifests.


You might be on the right track with this. I have celiac disease, drinking beer used to give me a stuffy nose.

Findsman  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:21:40 AM
This is what it's like when doves cry

I always thought I was just weird. No problems with wine and liquor, but I end up sounding like I have a cold after a beer or two. Interesting!
dex357  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:21:42 AM
When I used to frequent the taverns regularly, it was the smoke that stuffed me up.

roofgoat  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:23:35 AM
Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
Sulphide allergy?

I cannot drink cheap, fizzy yellow beer. Give me two Budweisers, Coors or Miller and I get that same reaction. Stuffy nose, flushed cheeks, generally feel miserable and run down. Oddly, Coors Light is an exception, probably due to it being closer to water then beer.

Guinness or just about any craft brewed beer, good to go. Hard liquor and mixed drinks, no problem.

ETA: The premixed Jack Daniels drinks make me vomit. No shit, had 2 one night, threw up. Had 1 a few weeks later to see what would happen. Yup, barf. No other alcohol involved and I have no worries with regular JD.


As a regular consumer of beer, I have had similar results with cheap beer and nose getting filled. The answer for me - Heineken. Nose clear as the Kennedy Expressway at 2 am Sunday.

vanvideo  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:25:06 AM
Yup, happens to me, too. That's why i don't drink. I get stuffy, bright red and a pounding headache. Basically, I skip the buzz and drunkedness and go directly to the hangover. No fun at all.

Are you asian? Many asians have this condition. It does have something to do with a lack of a particular enzyme, or what others posters have already mentioned. I am part Japanese. My brothers also have this condition. None of us drink.
fatalerror113  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:25:41 AM
Damn, I always get mildly stuffed up when I drink, I figured it was normal

Hoppy beers are worse.

This is about the worst news ever.
Atomic_Ferret  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:25:48 AM
Originally Posted By roofgoat:
Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
Sulphide allergy?

I cannot drink cheap, fizzy yellow beer. Give me two Budweisers, Coors or Miller and I get that same reaction. Stuffy nose, flushed cheeks, generally feel miserable and run down. Oddly, Coors Light is an exception, probably due to it being closer to water then beer.

Guinness or just about any craft brewed beer, good to go. Hard liquor and mixed drinks, no problem.

ETA: The premixed Jack Daniels drinks make me vomit. No shit, had 2 one night, threw up. Had 1 a few weeks later to see what would happen. Yup, barf. No other alcohol involved and I have no worries with regular JD.


As a regular consumer of beer, I have had similar results with cheap beer and nose getting filled. The answer for me - Heineken. Nose clear as the Kennedy Expressway at 2 am Sunday.



Heineken seems to be my lower limit as well. Anything "cheaper" then that triggers my reaction. Actually used to be my beer of choice, currently on a stout kick.
Burnsy87  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:27:14 AM
Negative, not Asian. Nor does my face get red, or do I get throat irritation at all. Just the stuffy nose. I thought it was all booze, but maybe it is just beer. I'll drink some rum tonight and report back.

I'll try sudafed (that okay with booze? Or ibuprofen?) and the nasal spray I guess.
Ragin_Cajun  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:27:20 AM
Originally Posted By dex357:
When I used to frequent the taverns regularly, it was the smoke that stuffed me up.



Likewise
uxb  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:27:59 AM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
Anybody have a solution?


Saline



Burnsy87  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:28:19 AM
Originally Posted By Ragin_Cajun:
Originally Posted By dex357:
When I used to frequent the taverns regularly, it was the smoke that stuffed me up.



Likewise


No smoking in bars here.

Including no cigarettes in the cigar bars.
camarojsmith  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:28:52 AM
Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
Originally Posted By camarojsmith:
I'm the same way but with dark beers only. Problem is I really like dark beer. I'll drink one and can't breath through my nose.


That's impossible. The only difference is toasting the darker grains. Are you allergic to toast, but not bread?

More than likely, you have a hop allergy and the light beers you drink are far less hopped.


Hop allergies present as a nasal hystamine response. Runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, scratchy throat/sinuses, etc.


It's been mentioned already, but there's no such thing as an ethanol allergy. It's actually an immunoglobulin response to aldehydes and presents as most other types of food allergies (swelling, puffiness, hives, fatigue, etc.). Which are not your symptoms, so it's unlikely you're allergic to alcohol.


Thanks. I'll research hop allergies. That probably explains it. If I drink dark beer it feels like someone is pinching my nose (no air passing at all). I usually don't drink more than a couple light beers at a time so I wouldn't know if I get the same effect eventually.

roofgoat  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:31:11 AM
Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
Originally Posted By roofgoat:
Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
Sulphide allergy?

I cannot drink cheap, fizzy yellow beer. Give me two Budweisers, Coors or Miller and I get that same reaction. Stuffy nose, flushed cheeks, generally feel miserable and run down. Oddly, Coors Light is an exception, probably due to it being closer to water then beer.

Guinness or just about any craft brewed beer, good to go. Hard liquor and mixed drinks, no problem.

ETA: The premixed Jack Daniels drinks make me vomit. No shit, had 2 one night, threw up. Had 1 a few weeks later to see what would happen. Yup, barf. No other alcohol involved and I have no worries with regular JD.


As a regular consumer of beer, I have had similar results with cheap beer and nose getting filled. The answer for me - Heineken. Nose clear as the Kennedy Expressway at 2 am Sunday.



Heineken seems to be my lower limit as well. Anything "cheaper" then that triggers my reaction. Actually used to be my beer of choice, currently on a stout kick.


Stout is always good to go. Sad to say, but when I've been under the weather, or my stomach was messed up and I wanted to drink beer, Guiness is a heck of a tonic for my ills.
smaddox  [Life Member]
4/6/2012 11:36:05 AM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
Negative, not Asian. Nor does my face get red, or do I get throat irritation at all. Just the stuffy nose. I thought it was all booze, but maybe it is just beer. I'll drink some rum tonight and report back.

I'll try sudafed (that okay with booze? Or ibuprofen?) and the nasal spray I guess.


I will say this Sudafed keeps some people up at night. The Mucinex spray is the shit. 12 hrs of clear nasal passages.
SplintNicket  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:36:42 AM
Same here. Then I started to get big red itchy hives. I no longer bother to drink.
cshire  [Member]
4/6/2012 11:55:36 AM
Same for me only it was the massive sinus congestion after several beers.
1-2 beers was usually not a problem, any more and it wasn't a hangover, but sinum congestion like with my seasonal allergies.

My solution is store brand allegy medicine with Loratidine before and after a night out.
Allergy meds with pseudoephidrine if needed the morning after.

works for me.
DanTSX  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 11:58:01 AM
I'm the same way. I just don't drink.

Non drowsy cold mess seem to help a bit. Obviously need to limit the booze when taking the meds tho. Which is fine as my tolerance is all shit now. I'm like a 14 year old girl.
Cleatus  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 12:13:26 PM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?


i get this with CERTAIN beers––-in my case Mich golden light

every other beer i am fine with––-thank god

try other beers.
KeithC  [Member]
4/6/2012 12:25:07 PM
I don't go to bars but have run into this myself. Certain single-malt scotches (The Balvenie, for one) and Guinness were always the worst offenders. I've developed a taste for tequila and that hasn't been an issue. Likewise, I've switched to Murphy's Irish Stout and can drink that by the way-too-much without congestion. I caught a cold not long after trying my wife's favorite vodka, Skyy, so I don't know if that's a fair test.

Never had any problem with the stuff I distill myse.... Um. Never mind. Just try other stuff.
MACD  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 12:33:58 PM
Add a tbsp of Robitussin to your drinks


jjc155  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 12:40:49 PM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
I don't get it. I can drink 2 beers and suddenly have a nasty cold. I'm healthy walking into the bar, I get a drink or two, then its like I can't breathe and I have to blow my nose constantly.

Anybody have a solution?


same thing happens when I drink a beer that has a lot of yeast. Its an allergy.

J-
Tricks433  [Member]
4/6/2012 12:41:55 PM
This happens just going to bars or drinking at home too? I never used to go out to the bars cuz of all the smokers and poor ventilation would just destroy my sinuses and throat and i'd be sick for days, now smoking is banned indoors so its all good. Except i can't drink Captain Morgan or after about the 2nd Capt'n and Coke i feel like someone punched me in the nose. its weird... Drink Crown Royal no problems, drink Captain and the nights ruined lol.
luvpilot  [Member]
4/6/2012 12:43:28 PM
It's an alergy. I get the same thing.

It's really fun when the sneezing starts. 6-10 in a row.

Not giving up beer though. That would be tarded
Dredd308  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 12:50:25 PM
Could be this.


Non-allergic Rhinitis Some people experience symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing after the consumption of alcohol. This is likely due to the dilation of blood vessels in the nose, resulting in mucus production and nasal symptoms. This would be classified as a form of non-allergic rhinitis.
_Soggy_  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 12:59:28 PM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
What kind of men would suggest not drinking?



Fuckin' commies.




fatalerror113  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 1:02:26 PM

Originally Posted By Dredd308:
Could be this.


Non-allergic Rhinitis Some people experience symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing after the consumption of alcohol. This is likely due to the dilation of blood vessels in the nose, resulting in mucus production and nasal symptoms. This would be classified as a form of non-allergic rhinitis.

This post gives me hope for the future!
redoubt  [Member]
4/6/2012 1:05:43 PM
Originally Posted By Burnsy87:
What kind of men would suggest not drinking?



Fuckin' commies.




What kind of man gets a stuffy nose from beer?

And to continue to pile on, the only people I know who have this problem are women and they just live with it. So, there's that ...
Florg  [Team Member]
4/6/2012 1:12:09 PM
I can't drink beers with a large amount of hops. Get congested and flushed. I miss my hoppy beers.
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