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Can Coffee Give You an Allergic Reaction?

By Nina K. ; Updated April 18, 2017

Like any food or beverage, coffee can trigger an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive to it. That said, the caffeine in coffee can also create a number of side effects that are unrelated to allergies, including upset stomach, jitteriness and irregular heartbeat. If you experience any unusual symptoms after drinking coffee, see your doctor for a diagnosis.

Coffee and Allergies

If you are allergic to coffee, you're likely reacting to the caffeine. However, there's a small chance that you may be sensitive to other substances. In 2012, Baylor University Medical Center reported what it referred to as the first known adult case of angiodema -- allergy-induced swelling -- from instant coffee that was not related to caffeine. Other signs of an allergic reaction include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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