Mission Statement

mr itchThis blog is dedicated to women who are suffering from histamine intolerance brought on by the hormonal fluctuations common to menopause. It is a compilation of months of research.


I am not in the medical field and this is not medical advice. I am just an ordinary woman, like you maybe, just starting menopause and newly suffering from histamine intolerance because of the changes in my hormonal balance. I wanted to compile my hours of research to make it easier for women like me to find answers.

Why are you here?

Maybe because you have been suffering multiple hot flashes at night and can’t sleep. You are having nightmares, and are restless. Maybe you are waking up with hives, or itching during the day for what seems like no reason. Your brain is in a fog, you feel dysfunctional, you can’t focus and you feel fatigued and just plain awful. You’ve done the reading, and you know you are starting menopause, so you think this is how you should feel and just get through it.

Your options seem to be to take HRT or to use herbal remedies, but you still itch and those hot flashes don’t stop.

Maybe though, you’ve been lucky enough to stumble, and I do mean stumble, over what really might be affecting you; high histamine levels brought on by the hormonal imbalance of menopause. In other words, you might be suffering from histamine intolerance. Basically, that means that what you eat is directly affecting how you feel. Foods high in histamine are triggering allergy-like reactions in your body. For me it’s itching. Additionally, there is a strong link to high histamine levels and hot flashes. I can attest to that link too!

Once I discovered the link between hormones and histamine, and then understood the link between histamine and food, I started making major changes to my diet and started taking vitamin supplements to help bring down my high histamine levels and my life improved dramatically.

In a nutshell, histamine intolerance is a problem the body has handling excess histamine. Up until my hormones changed with menopause, my body had no problem with anything I ate. But now my body cannot handle histamine coming in from outside sources, with those outside sources being food. So it’s not an allergy to food per se. A doctor could do a scratch test (a common test for allergies) for spinach let’s say, but my skin won’t react. That’s because I am not allergic to the food, but the histamine in the food.

I still suffer from histamine intolerance, but I am now educated about the issue and can work to, if not recover from it completely, at least control it. My itching is at a minimum depending on my diet, and my hot flashes are non-existent. My mood is even and dare I say peaceful, and my focus on tasks is returning. I still get fatigued, but I’m a high school teacher so that’s a normal state of being, but I feel relatively normal again.

And I don’t feel crazy anymore. Before I discovered what was going on with my body I thought I was going crazy. Or that I had some awful disease!

Anyone who has histamine intolerance will tell you navigating through life is trickier. It takes a lot of work to maintain an itch free day. And there are many surprises along the way. (I’m going to have to live with some mildew on my bathroom caulking because I learned the hard way bleach lights me up like a fire cracker!) But knowing what it is and how to manage it makes life so much better.

What made me start this blog?

I guess you could say I had an itch to write! I always thought it would be the great American novel…

Anyway, the real story is that I was researching my itching for at least two months when I landed on a site talking about the link between menopause and its effect on rising histamine levels. It backed up what I had already known from other sources. But what I didn’t realize at first was that it was a site advertising a med for hot flashes. I clicked on the information page and was completely horrified.

The med had nothing to do with lowering histamine. Yes, it had Vitamin C which is a known antihistamine, but the other ingredients were too many syllables to remember. But one ingredient really infuriated me. MSG!

How many people have a problem with that chemical already? And to put it in something that is supposed to minimize hot flashes?! I was incensed!

Women need to be educated. High Histamine is hidden in the lists of things that can go haywire with our bodies during menopause. Most women might never make the connection between menopause and histamine. Pharmaceutical companies who know what the issue is should be working to help women, but they really just want to sell drugs.

So that was it. I’ve learned so much and feel so much better I wanted to share my knowledge. I haven’t had a hot flash at night in weeks. I was having six a night before I figured it out. I can’t imagine what I’d be like if I were taking a drug with MSG in it.

And one other thing I’ve noticed. I have not had mood swings since I started a low histamine diet in conjunction with vitamin supplements. There is a well documented link between high histamine and depression. I think there must be a link between high histamine and mood swings but I haven’t found that specific information documented yet.

I am a teacher by profession. This is just another chance to share and teach. So if you’ve fallen over my site in your search for relief, please leave a comment and let me know if I’ve helped. I figure if I help one person, then my time is well spent.

Don’t forget to take a look around by clicking the links at the top of the page. Or start here, on the Index of Posts.


430 comments on “Mission Statement
  1. Hellen says:

    Hi ladies

    I have an allergic history dogs, cats which have now disappeared only to be replaced by allergy to wine!! I experienced closed airways and swollen tongue with red wine. Jee wiz… I now have to carry an epi-pen. Wine is no longer my tipple any alcohol is out..Great…

  2. Melissa Brumagin says:

    Am I thrilled to read your article I had oopherectomy and hysterectomy at age 39 it totally messed up my life I’ve had many problems I have celiac disease and was recently diagnosed with POTS syndrome. I was doing my own research because I have found drs to not be real helpful. So what I found was that celiac disease predisposed you to mast cell activation problems these mast cells produce histamine….as you know histamine can cause all kinds of issues one being vasodilation…..vasodilation can contribute to POTS syndrome so I’m wondering if a lot of my issues are due to histamine since my hormones are messed up and I have many symptoms of mast cell activation problems I am thrilled to be looking at things from the histamine part for POTS they want me to take cardiac meds with cause vasoconstriction I don’t tolerate meds well. If you have any more info on histamine I would love to know thank you for sharing!

  3. Claudia G says:

    I am so happy to find this article, for my months I have been looking all over the internet. I have been desperate with all those symptoms but the worst is the rash and the itching everyday for the last five months, so today I am going to start looking what I eat. I hope this is the answer to my problem.

    • I always feel weird saying it but I hope so too. Not that I want people to be histamine intolerant, but I know if they are it can be controlled and healed and their search for an answer is finally a fruitful one.

      Hope you are now on a healing path!


    • Iliana says:

      Hello…a few months ago i had my first episode of hives…it lasted for 3 months and after tons of pills injections and creams I was free….ha!….the second episode was last week…now I’m not taking any pills or shots….Im just keeping an eye on everything I eat and it works!

      regards :)

  4. Erika says:

    I’m in early stages of menopause and I am so desperate for relief. I have hot flashes all day long and I have ichy skin that causes me to scratch until I leave welts! It so bad at night that my sleep is always interrupted. I went to the doctor and she gave me all these creams and they made the rash worse. I’ve been researching for months and this is the first tine….it makes sense. I’m gonna watch my diet and take supplements and hope to god I feel better. Thank you for the time u took to inform us on how to be normal ahain. Thank you!

    • Linda johnson says:

      Hi Erica, I found this sight as I had the same problems as you, my young female doctor told me she had never heard of anyone itching during menopause, just me and several million other women then. I haven’t changed my diet. I went and bought a bottle of olive leaf supplement, 4 days in now and I haven’t had a hog flush or an itch from the first day I took it. It really is a miracle cure, I feel like the old me again, try it, I just wish I’d found it earlier.

    • You’re very welcome. Good luck with the healing. I know you’ll improve quickly now that you know what it is.


    • Iliana says:

      Hi Erika….I was like you desperated trying to find some help with the hot flashes….in my search I found MACA….I can only talk about how it helped me…I went from 20 or 30 episodes a day to 6 or 7 and mild ones. Also ….Im not “dry” anymore :) . MACA regulates hormonal imbalance in my body somehow and its all natural.

      regards :)

  5. Lemon Cure says:

    I have taken high Omegas 3-6-9. I have experienced some gastro-intestinal/digestive problems with hysterectomy and oophorectomy side effects. Try flavored fermented Cod Liver oil during the day and soy milk or supplements at night. This has worked for me. Also monitor your B vitamins. One more thing, I am taking trace minerals due to the results from the bloodwork before the surgery most levels were low. I do coffee enemas every once in a while and drink lemon water with curry or cayenne capsules every morning.

  6. 6carrs says:

    I’m so pleased to find this blog. Am really suffering at the moment. I had an abdominal hysterectomy 7 years ago – am now 47 – and have been housebound ever since with agoraphobia (have always had it in varying degrees but increased tenfold after the op). My ovaries remained and I still get monthly migraines like before the hysterectomy so I know they are still functioning (my mum’s stopped after her menopause). Along with the emotional problems, my histamine levels have been a nightmare. I itch constantly to the point of not sleeping and at the moment have two mosquito bites the size of saucers – swollen and so itchy. I never reacted like this before the peri-menopause. I am constantly covered in red, swollen itchy welts and hives. Thank you I will read more now.

    • Lemon Cure says:

      You may want to get the lymph moving I am 48 and had hysterectomy with oophorectomy. I do body cleanses,, i.e. bladder, colon, lymphatic. If you are low in estrogen, take natural or biological identical estrogen while rubbing progestern cream on the body. Take black cohosh at night and vitex, chaste berry, wild yam during the day. Eat things that tend to cleanse beets/beet juicing. Spirulina or chlorophyll. To get the lymph to move throughout, you must walk, jump rope or do some type of aerobic/cardio exercise . When I started to do these things, my histamine levels decreased and heart palpitations went away also.

    • Karen says:

      Omg I’m in the same boat as you! Hysterectomy, migraines since then and now hives! I wish I could find out when I’m done with menopause so this will all stop!!

  7. Thank you so much. I have had the itching associated with hot flashes for a few weeks. After googling and reading your blog it is time to search out a diet. says:


  8. Linda Johnson says:

    To every one here, I bought the olive leaf tincture yesterday. I was at my wits end itching and hot sweats all day and all night. 24 hours after I took my first mouthful of the oil and so far no itching and no hot sweats. I slept all night and with the covers on! For the first time in months. If you try nothing else try the olive leaf oil it works😀😀😀😀😀🎉😀

  9. vanessa says:

    Im so pleased i found this..i had ovaries out + hysterectomy 7 weeks ago and have itched ever since .even my eyes and back of throat as if its a mild allergic reaction/hayfever.

  10. stevie says:

    hi i also itch every time i use clorox bleach spray to clean my sinks. i itch terribly afterward and never knew why. can you explain it more. is it the histimine release? thank u so much for sharing your research with other women. u rock

  11. Thais says:

    Hmm. Wow. I had my first “itch-attack” last evening while I was dancing. The hot flashes up until now have just been hot, but now they’re accompanied by itching. Glad I found you all right off the bat. I’ll be returning as I try to figure out my triggers. Thanks ahead of time. Think I’ll start by looking for some of the olive leaf tincture…

  12. Terri says:

    Thank you so much Dale for starting this blog and to all those who have since contributed. I don’t get hot flashes during the day and only get the very odd “night sweats” episode. But I have been dealing with hives/itchy skin for almost two years and it started at almost exactly the same time that I entered the peri-menopausal stage. Foods that I have been eating all my life….dairy (milk/some cheeses) is out and I tried soy beverage – gives me hives, switched to almond beverage (as I need to get calcium somewhere) and same reaction to the almond drink. Strawberries, blueberries etc., all cause hives. Facial moisturizers etc., hives. Have switched to all-organic skin care and so far so good. What has been the utmost challenging is that most of these foods/skin care products did not cause hives right away. My body has gradually built up an intolerance to them so it’s been difficult to pinpoint the culprits. Dale, I’m positive that this is a histamine intolerance because it fits the bill to a T. Do you mind telling me if there’s a source that tells you what foods are high and low in histamines so that I can start paying attention to these things? I’m also going to try some olive leaf tincture as it seems to have helped a couple of people. I do take a high-quality multi-vitamin that is supplied by Women’s Health Network because their practice/products focus on holistic approaches to dealing with menopausal symptoms. While her vitamins seem okay, I had to stop taking their “Herbal Equilibrium” supplement, an herbal product aimed at relieving meno/perimonpausal symptoms because after taking these daily for a few months, I started getting diarrhea from them, which got progressively worse, and which stopped immediately after I stopped taking them. I did go for allergy testing a few years ago but it was inconclusive and listed food items that don’t bother me at all. So now I’d like to try to eliminate high histamine foods. Any suggestions are appreciated. Dale, what supplements do YOU take? I want to try to achieve what you have, which is to all but eliminate the itchy skin and hives if possible. Thanks again so much…I was thrilled to find this site!


    • My site is full of information to help you heal. I have a link to a list of foods somewhere but I can’t remember where. And my supplements are all listed with explanations above in the Supplements tab. A good place to start is the index of most useful posts under the Current Thoughts tab.

  13. cheryl says:

    I am 50. About 3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed w/ food allergies. This took 5 years, multiple doctors, multiple antibiotics and several misdiagnoses to get to the real issue. I was tested for 122 different food & I am allergic to about half. Am also allergic to certain spices. The food I am allergic to is food I eat & have eaten my whole life daily or weekly.
    I’ve lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks; I’d steadily gained over 30 lbs over the past 5 years…. I started wondering about the connection between this & peri -menopause, which i am in.
    Other sites reflect a connection, but this site really delves into it and provides useful information & references. THANK YOU!!!

  14. Patty says:

    During my last pregnancy at age 41, I itched and scratched like crazy. The doctor said there was nothing I could do but wait for my hormones to normalize after delivery. Well it took about 3 miserable years to go away. Then I went through menopause with no symptoms, no hot flash or mood swing. For about 5 years I had one period a year (always in July; a birthday present from mother nature I suppose). Thought I had made it through “the change” just fine. I’ve been postmenopausal for about 9 years and I started itching again about 4 months ago. It started behind my ears and now the worst part is on my lower back. Keeping it moisturized seems to help and to spray it with rubbing alcohol knocks out the itch for a while. Sometimes a burn is better than an itch. I feel like I could scratch to the bone and it would still itch! I’ve also used Witch Hazel, coconut oil and cocoa butter and all of the over the counter anti-itch creams.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your information. I never knew until now that histamine intolerance was the culprit. Going to try some olive oil and olive leaf extract and the other supplements you have listed. Thank you!

  15. Pardlow says:

    Antihistamines pills and Lydia Pinkham Supplement pills saved my life and gave me my life back. I suffered from heavy bleeding and intense itching. I find the Lydia Pinkham at a small local pharmacy.

  16. Jane Hodkinson says:

    Hi, thank you for such a very informative blog. I have been on menopause for 7 years and my hormone levels were pretty erratic sometimes. I don’t take any HRT tablets to combat my menopause but do tak alternative use of herbs.. it does helps sometimes but I work on the basis that I can overcome it and one day it will disappear. Last year I had lymphnode removed from breast and luckily it was benign. Since then I have suffered some kind of itchiness around my body, especially back, lower jaw and neck. My immune system is so poor I sometimes have no energy to fight it. I suffer from hayfever anyway and take antihestamine during seasons but now I find have to take it everyday. I have used itch-cream that you get from the chemist but nothing seems to work. I am due to go back to my docs again for the same reason… Thanks again for the post. Jane xx

  17. Jen says:

    Wow thx I haven’t been trying to figure out what this is for 2 years. Even allergist said they didn’t know. Thank you!

  18. Jessica says:

    Can you tell us your daily meals?

    • I eat a wide variety of foods now. There’s almost no whole food I can’t eat. I am vegetarian so I eat fruits, vegetables, and grains. I can eat beans and all kinds of things.

      • Jessica says:

        I’m in peri. I wear a estrogen patch and my estrogen is still low. Without it I can’t sleep and I cry more. Lately my face has been red and burning. It’s hard to tell the difference between mast cell symptoms and peri symptoms. Do you know the difference? Do you take any meds that help?
        Thank you

      • I’m not sure there is a difference. If you read through my blog, you’ll find I try to make the connection between it all. Your hormones are triggering all the allergy like symptoms.

        I’ve never taken hormones and I don’t take any other kind of med. I control my symptoms completely with my diet.

  19. Carolyn says:

    Thank you very much for publishing this information on menopause and histamines, it has triggered my interest in getting more information.

  20. Thanks for visiting and commenting on hypoxia with respect to cortical depression and cortical spreading depression but oxygen does not start voltage. Cortical spreading depression is a voltage shock moving from one end (the healthy part) of the brain to another (where cortical depression is) to shock it. The brain functions by voltage and the cortical depressed regions are not able to generate enough for an action potential. In the scanner they show as a black region of no activity. Same as the heart: oxygen will not make it beat again. Voltage shock is needed after a heart attack. The brain’s principle of basic function is the same.

    • I understand what you’re saying but I have read a lot about hypoxia and migraine. This article explains it better than I could. It’s just one of dozens of articles I’ve read. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070430102025.htm

      I realize it’s from 2007, but the science is sound based on other papers I’ve read.

      • Even though it is from 2007, it is totally true. But it is discussing transient strokes as a result of migraines. Thus hypoxia is the result of the stroke and not that of the migraine–thereby it is a symptom and not cause. Many migraines also end up in seizures. Treating the seizures will also not stop migraines. Over the past 2 years, since I had my migraine group on FB, many members with such transient strokes and also with seizures joined. Of the over 4000 members so far passing through (currently just under 2000) many joined with preventive medications (look at all the medicines prescribed today as preventives: 90% are anti seizure medicines) specifically for seizures and they still had migraines. Some joined with built in neuro-stimulators and were taking several medicines, including SSRIs and anti seizure medicines, and they still had migraines.

        When members join the group they respond to a set of questions and go on the Stanton Migraine Protocol® that is customized for them. All with so far only 3 exception (for reasons unrelated to migraine) are migraine free. It takes time to become migraine free since cells need to self-repair. Most (all eventually) reduce and stop their medications (it is not a requirement only when one has no pain then why take medicines?) and still remain migraine free. My protocol is based on the voltage issue and it works reliably for every migraine type–including hemiplegic! There is no question in my mind that we are only facing an energy crisis, which is explained in my book. The proof is in the migraine-free members, many of whom are doctors and surgeons and a bunch of nurses as well. :)

  21. Brenda Norton says:

    Thank you for helping confirm to me what a few other websites have been leaning towards as hormone level – histamine levels – menopause being linked. Urgent care visits and multiple specialists visits had me thinking the worst and not even given these potential links I’ve been seeing any credibility . Thank you !

  22. kealie says:

    This is very helpful. I have been given steroids to prevent hives and doctors were adamant that it was unrelated to my menopausal state. What sort of foods contain histemine? I will begin my research. Thanks

  23. Lilly says:

    Thanks for the blog. I started having hives somewhere back in June. It briefly went away but returned in August and has not gone away yet. I had a skin biopsy done, but have not heard from my dermatologist. I have suggested the link between hormones and my hives to my GP and the dermatologist, but they seem to be not concerned about it. I still have my period but I am in perimenopause phase I feel. I also have done some research online and found a condition known as Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis. I think this is when you are allergic to your own progesterone perhaps due to a decrease in estrogen, ie. a hormonal imbalance. I will go back to my dermatologist to see what I can do. And I will definitely change my diet to non histamine type foods. Thank you for the blog.

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