Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

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Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Jack Hanna on Thu May 07, 2009 4:30 am

Can someone maybe clear this up for me?
I have read and heard different stories on Caffeine and its effects on allergy prone people such as hay fever and pollen sensitive people.

Some reports claim that Caffeine has a negative effect to those people however
there are claims that Caffeine reduces the release of histamine from the mast cells...

Any thoughts?

lately i have been having some sneezing etc after espresso and Caffeine products.

(no i dont have swine flu :P)
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Brent on Thu May 07, 2009 2:28 pm

Jack Hanna wrote:lately i have been having some sneezing etc after espresso and Caffeine products.


Do you have allergies? if so are they serious? (I am intolerant to dairy, one of my kids is allergic to dairy, and tracking what caused a reaction is never fun...)

What is in the caffeine products?

Allergies can also come and go.
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby jmc on Fri May 08, 2009 7:35 am

i've had allergies my entire life. they were severe when i was a kid and i have never heard that caffeine had any effect on them. strong coffee does provide some temporary relief if you're having an asthma attack....(old folk remedy, it works!)
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Brett Hanson on Fri May 08, 2009 2:34 pm

After cupping I tend to get some nose fatigue that requires a couple sneezes to reset. Maybe I'm getting some grinds up there.

Not to fork this thread, but I've been looking for an excuse to ask the folks here- does anyone use a neti pot (or nasal irrigation in general) to keep their nose cupping-ready? After a couple ridiculous days of spring allergies and my wife's prodding, I started using one and am finding it surprisingly helpful.

a serious demonstration (by what I can only guess is a retired coke fiend- respect the flow) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8sDIbRAXlg
a funny demonstration
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQm7YpxgOnA
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby td on Tue May 12, 2009 6:35 am

John Hopkins is always working in caffeine, although usually on the mental health side. However, here is a study about preemies, allergies and caffeine:

http://www.mdconsult.com/das/article/bo ... html?issn=
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Edwin Martinez on Tue May 12, 2009 7:33 am

Jack,

Just looked at your website. Nice logo and name.

Anyway, I see you roast. I know a number of people in Guatemala who are allergic to green coffee for some reason. Not just sneezing, but getting rashes and more. I first thought it had to be burlap, but upon looking further I found some of them work in labs where burlap never enters, only samples that are well processed in a sample dry mill lab before entering the cupping lab and many of these coffees are in something other than burlap.

Also Monica Hill at Barefoot is extremely allergic to green coffee, might give her a call, she speaks English.

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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby phaelon56 on Tue May 12, 2009 8:08 am

Brett Hanson wrote:
Not to fork this thread, but I've been looking for an excuse to ask the folks here- does anyone use a neti pot (or nasal irrigation in general) to keep their nose cupping-ready? After a couple ridiculous days of spring allergies and my wife's prodding, I started using one and am finding it surprisingly helpful.

a serious demonstration (by what I can only guess is a retired coke fiend- respect the flow) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8sDIbRAXlg
a funny demonstration
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQm7YpxgOnA


Extensive coffeed Neti discussion here:

http://www.coffeed.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1981&start=25&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

And that's it.... I'm not in recovery... I'm just "retired" :wink:
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Jack Hanna on Wed May 13, 2009 5:40 pm

Thank you Edwin

and thats very interesting, i will have to look into that...

thanks guys for replying, interesting thought.
interesting article Terry.
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby td on Fri May 15, 2009 1:37 pm

I think I may have misunderstood your original question.
If you are asking about green coffee allergies?- I have an employee that is very sensitive to green coffee, and especially green coffee dust. At first I thought he was allergic to the burlap, but after watching his sinuses explode while standing next to a vacuum loader I changed my original assessment. He is also sensitive to pollen, and other airborne contaminants. So, is it the green coffee itself, or just dust. Who knows?

I do think however, that a lot of people that assume they are allergic to the burlap, actually have the same problem. And here's why- if someone was allergic to burlap, don't you think they would know this by the time they were working age? I realize that there are different bag materials, and that increased exposure could cause a mild allergy to become more severe. But, I still suspect that many more people are allergic to the dust and detritus associated with green coffee. I also believe that roasters that work around vacuum loaders should consider wearing dust masks when loading coffee.

One easy way to figure out whether it is the burlap or green coffee dust is to try wearing a dust mask and see if it lessens or eliminates the sneezing and watery eyes that most of those allergic complain of. If it does than it is more likely the green coffee dust.
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Chris Kornman on Mon May 18, 2009 1:29 pm

To share from personal experience: I've had mild pollen/ragweed allergies for most of my life, and have experienced intermittent sneezing while loading green coffee (which I usually attribute to the dust). I often find that a cup of coffee or shot of espresso will help clear my sinuses in the morning.

However, I have in the past experienced rashes while handling the jute bags in the warehouse when I expose my inner forearm to them (this doesn't seem to occur on my hands, nor does it happen when I'm elbow-deep in green coffee). I haven't yet tried pouring hot coffee on my arms yet, though... just avoiding contact with sensitive areas.
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Re: Caffeine and its effects on Allergies

Postby Gregory Kolsto on Sat May 23, 2009 6:22 pm

Pretty thorough discussion as expected. The best way I can tie in the neti to coffee, is all the money I have saved from not buying allergy meds. I was an almost daily pill popper, and upon unwrapping the little neti in December, I have taken perhaps 20 in total.

Therefore, less money spent on pharmaceuticals translates to more money to sink into green coffee.

Now that I think of it, since the neti I have been picking up more sweetness and complexity from trier nosehits.

cheers, and happy saving.

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