Coffee Allergy

Coffee Allergy Treatment & Causes. Common Allergies and Symptoms With Drinking Coffee.

Ask Your Question

On September 29 people all over the country celebrate their favorite beverage, coffee. 

It goes by many different names such as "Joe", "Brew", "Morning Juice", "Rocket Fuel", and my favorite, "Nectar of the Gods". Check Facebook. You'll see at least 5 posts per day praising coffee.

With all the variations of coffee, it's hard to not see it, nor like it. But for some people who have a coffee allergy it can cause a whole host of problems.

What Is A Coffee Allergy?

In the most simple of terms, the causes of allergies is an overreaction of the immune system when we come into contact with, or consume something. Our bodies recognize this allergen as a threat and overreacts. 

What Is A Coffee Allergy

This overreaction manifests itself as symptoms that can range from just a slight annoyance to life threatening. Our bodies go into survival, or protection mode, and start to produce histamine and antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE).

We then have an allergic reaction to these chemicals and they manifest themselves in our bodies as itching, burning, cramps, stomach aches, headaches, etc... Allergy reactions can be brought on by food, the environment, or seasonal allergies such high pollen counts in Spring. 

Allergy Symptoms To Coffee

  • Anxiety
  • Chest Pain
  • Cold sweats
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Flu/cold like symptoms
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches/ migraines
  • Hives
  • Irritable
  • Jittery feelings
  • Lack of focus 
  • Muscle pain
  • Numbness in face, hands, or feet
  • Rapid heart beat 
  • Rash on skin
  • Severe itching
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen eyes 
  • Vision problems

In severe cases with coffee allergy symptoms the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. 

Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheaded 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

List Of Foods & Beverages If You're Allergic To Coffee or Caffeine

  • Alcoholic energy drinks
  • Candies & candy bars
  • Cereals (chocolate flavored)
  • Chocolate (found naturally in cocoa beans)
  • Chocolate syrups
  • Cookies (chocolate chips or covered)
  • Decaf coffee
  • Energy drinks and water
  • Fudge
  • Ice cream (coffee and chocolate flavors)
  • Malted drinks (powdered)
  • Many teas (brewed, instant, powdered)
  • Pain relieve pills and tablets
  • Soda/Carbonated drinks (both cola and non-cola)
  • Weight-loss pills
Allergic To Coffee or Caffeine

Treatment For Allergy

Giving up coffee or caffeine is not easy. You may go through some withdrawals but the benefits are worth it. You can start by first identifying what the offending allergy product(s) are and slowly eliminate or severely limit them from your diet. Try to:

  • Choose a better replacement beverage. I don't go anywhere without my stainless steel water bottle filled with RO water.
  • Drink decaf tea or decaf coffee
  • Drink green tea
  • Gradually decrease the amounts. Instead of a full cup of coffee, maybe 2/3 will suffice.
  • Have self discipline. Do you really need that $5 specialty coffee each day?
  • Order a small cup instead of a large one
  • Take Vitamin C
  • Understand the ingredients in everything you eat and drink. If you can't pronounce it, you may not want to eat or drink it.
  • Water down soda and other drinks

If you think you have a coffee allergy, an intolerance or other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

Go To: 

> Coffee Allergy
Top Of Page

Have A Story, Question, Or Comment?

If you have a question, story, or comment to share, this is the place to do it. Please be as detailed as possible. Your comments help others with similar issues. Please remember that I'm not a doctor, nor do I give medical advice. Also, short 1 - 2 sentence comments/questions will probably be deleted.