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.

Disclaimer

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.

DLB

668 comments on “Mission Statement
  1. Dawn Bohler says:

    Thank you so much, I thought maybe menapause had something to do with my hives. I recently had surgery to remove an ovary and some other things and ever since then I have been hard core hot flashes really bad hives night sweats mood swings and I know that’s what threw me into this mess.

    • ANGELA BONADIES says:

      Can I suggest you all try the Lady magnet. I am hot flush free and has changed my life. Apparently helps with other things but I didn’t have issues with so can’t vouch for them.
      Sold in UK and USA
      Can buy from Boots in UK.

  2. Itunu says:

    Thank you so much for this article. Do I feel like an alien in my own body? You bet! I know this sounds trite, but I literally found the answer to my menopausal itch and feeling out of sorts here.

  3. Jasmine says:

    Thanks so much for the info. I’m a hairdresser and this morning I had a client chemically react to a bleach on scalp. Her scalp was fine however her skin went bright red and the palms of her hands were red and raised. We put her under the air con with a cold wet towel, got her some anit histamine and eventually her skin settled down. She said she felt faint and “tight” her airways were fine but just felt hot and “tight”. This happened at her last appointment at a different salon (she did not tell me about this) she started her menopause just around the same time as her last appointment. Out of curiosity I’m doing some digging as to why? Why did her skin react this way but not the skin on her scalp? The skin on her scalp was fine not one little bit or irritation
    Any any information would be amazing!

    • I think it’s because her reaction is an allergy like response which is not the same as an allergy. So where she gets inflamed might not be at the site of what touched her body. I had very specific places where I’d itch depending on what I ate. I didn’t get hives or turn red either. Everyone is different.

      And bleach to this day makes me completely ill.

  4. Mary says:

    Thank you! Been packing and trying to move out my building; I think its mold. Might be homeless. In hospital 3x with severe hives; scratching so much caused bleeding and the scars still there. Weak feeling. Sick. Now I just dont scratch; its only way prevent extreme condition again. Cold dry weather helps, but I notice hives come back some when get hotflash and heat/sweat body occurs; that’s where the hives will appear. Night sweats also cause.

    Years ago in middle menopause; had hives and it was lot mold, appeared in building. After moved out; 30 days in clean building, washed cloths, blankets… and all ok. Now 10 years later; end menopause; so many hotflashes (age 59) and new maintenance men in building; suspect removed mold wrong way and it spread into my walls. A old fashioned mold test with wet warm paper towel in a baggie; 3x and negative. Maybe is fumes in building. Not sure. Maybe its all menopause. I will definitely check out your histamine information. Doing search for foods with high histamine. Its disrupted my home, teaching and writing profession.

    Thank you for the blog!

  5. I have severe hives and a rash on my ears for days. Also, my lymph glands have been swollen , could this be from menopause?

  6. Mary Buell says:

    Hi, It’s 4:00 a.m and needless to say, I’m awake. My quest to find the triggers to my high histamine problems have landed me on your site. Previous to this weeks information hunt, I believed that my histamine intolerance was solely medication related. Not so. Crap.
    I also have these debilitating menopausal hot flashes that last an hour at a time. Really they just don’t go away. And I work with the public so I must remain friendly and happily worry free AT ALL TIMES. All this to say, I guess is thanks for your added piece to my histamine intolerance puzzle. I will now endeaver to follow a paleo diet which will hopefully lessen some of the flashes as well as the removal of aforementioned meds. Mary.
    P.s Still sittin’ here. Now it’s 5:30. Didn’t eat anything. Aand my face is getting hot and swollen. Great. Lol

    • Paleo and histamine elimination diets are not the same. Foods that are ok on the paleo diet might still be high in histamine. Take a look at a few lists and analyze what you eat. Eating paleo might not work if you’re still eating foods high in histamine.

  7. Jay says:

    God bless you. I was about to loose my itchy mind.

  8. Heather says:

    For the past year I have been dealing with random hive events. Over the last couple weeks they have gotten worse. I started keeping track of my diet and when I broke out and tomatoes seemed to be a culprit but not always so. I am sitting get here loaded in hives without having had a tomato, sauce or salsa in days. I thought I had it figured out. Now I am back to work during if it’s menopause, an allergy or a combination of both. Time to research foods low in histamine. Thanks for the info in this blog.

  9. Rhonda Victor says:

    I am suffering from this too. Am going crazy thinking I have a disease called mastocytosis, but a few doctors look at me and ask how old am I. They seem to suggest menopause is causing this. Although I still get my periods regularly. I am almost 49 years old. I have been having some spotting between periods which is dark in color, and am making a trip to my gyno next week for it. Perhaps, she can test me for hormones. Thank you for story.

  10. Lina says:

    Thank you for reaching out. I was starting to think I had fleas!

    • Maureen Wright says:

      Fleas – LOL! When I started with the hives 3 years ago an ER doctor told me I had scabies. It’s Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. I’m 53 years old and haven’t gone through menopause but definitely perimenopause. I saw a gynecologist yesterday who feels the hives are definitely related to my hormones. She told me that she sees many patient’s with illnesses, including hives that gets a lot worse during the peri-menopause time is a women’s life. I had hormone testing done – no results yet. I also hear that Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to the hives and this Gyn. doctor agreed that D supplements can help!

  11. Rebecca says:

    I am soooo thrilled to have come across this because I too feel like this might be the reason for me insanely itching, scratching myself. And I must do it at night because at times I wake up with red, welts, hives on various parts of my torso. I had always suspected menopause but never understood what the trigger was. I am going to look for more info on foods lower in histamine. Thank you!!!

  12. Ginny says:

    Thank you for taking the time to research and then make this available to women like myself. I am only 43 years old, but have started having hot flashes along with night sweats, and over the past 2 months have started suffering from hives. Doctors cannot pin point a reason for the hives, but my curiosity about hormone changes drew me to do some research online, thus, bringing me to your post. At least now I don’t feel like I’m “losing it”, and think I may try eliminating or reducing foods high in histamine from my diet to see if it helps. Thank you so much!!

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