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

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867 comments on “Mission Statement
  1. Amy says:

    I’m so relieved to have found this site. I am 42, perimenopausal and covered in hives on my jawline, arms and upper back for the last 2 years…mostly at night as the day goes on. I am a believer in finding the root cause instead of treating the symptom and I knew diet had to be a main cause. Thank you for the info! I have already cut out meat, dairy, eggs and gluten for the past 2 months and symptoms have improved.. with many things, but I never cut out alcohol!! And now of course I’m eating spinach, tomatoes and chickpeas which are high in histamine. Duh. I will shop for the low histamine foods tonight. Thanks again. Can’t wait to get into the articles and learn more.

  2. Sheri says:

    I just read your Feb 2015 post. So my theory is goes another layer back. I had allergies as a child but grew out of them about same time progesterone kicked in and my hair went curly. I’m now betting the itching then was already a some relationship to high histamine and has returned once progesterone levels started dropping. (And yes, the curly hair has eased up to a nice wavy texture). So thankful for your research! The topical use of olive oil on a stubborn itchy area is instantly soothing and calming. I also started a food diary log yesterday and looking forward to finding those triggers! Empowered with new information I have hope and resolve to try again.

  3. Kim says:

    Omg! I’m a teacher too and you nailed it! I feel like I’m having an allergic reaction sometimes! I had almost lost my mind! Hot flashes at times are so horrendous I feel like I’m a prisoner in my own body! Itchy rashes and hives and bloated everywhere. What sort of foods triggered your histamine response? Is it differrent for everybody? I’ve had. Scratch Tests before but I’m not showing any allergies to anything other than dust and mold. Any shared resources would be great! Thank you!

    Kim

  4. Ness says:

    Wow , I feel I am not the only one going through this. After having an allergy free life for 45 years I am now get anaphalaxsis where i wake up with a swollen tongue or swollen lips with no other common anaphalactic syptoms or welts on my hands, back of neck ,soles of feet . I have been to allergists and have food diaries with no answers . This looks like a possible answer and will be trying your advice. thank you

    • I hope this helps put you on a healing path. Thanks for writing.

      Dale

    • HP says:

      If you are waking up with anaphylaxis, another possibility could be alpha gal. Google it.

    • Aleid says:

      Hello Ness and Dale
      I am so excited to find this blog and will read more! Dale, you give a clear and inquisitive voice to confusing experiences and a non-commercial blog, such a relief!

      I am 43 and have hot flashes in the night and my lips swell up regularly without any seeming logic as well as itching hands and feet. It feels like a reaction to something I eat, but i cant find to what. Going to the doctor with my lips made me only so frustrated. Now your posts have set me finally into a direction and understanding why not any allergy test shows results.
      I already eat healthy and organic, will start with your advices now!
      Thank you!

      How are you doing Ness? With the swelling lips? And in general with hormone balance?

      Greetings from Spain

  5. Eein says:

    Have you seen a Naturopath! They can answer things that modern medicine can’t. They helped to save my life when I became allergic to all food after I had to ha e my ovaries removed.

    • Sinead Kinney says:

      Gosh that sounds dreadful. How are you now? Are you still allergic to all food? What did the naturopath give you?
      Sinead

      • Erin says:

        I’m the 1% of women that when they have no estrogen their body flips out. Inalso happen to be that 1% who is allergic to all HRT. Which didn’t help me and my body when everything went sideways. So, she started with IV’s that had vitamins, amino acid, etc. to get my body back to levels that it needs to shut down the allergic reactions. She did it! It took weekly IV treatments and B12 shots for months but here I am still alive and now healthy. I’ve had some other things occur because of what happened and I don’t have estrogen to balance my body any longer…but I’m alive. 12/5 is the anniversary date of when my body went sideways. I don’t have any allergic reactions to food now. I also take zero medications. Everything is done through food and vitamins. I keep my histamines in check with a low histamine diet and I take vitamin C and quercitin three times a day, so I have no allergy symptoms. Your body can be healed through food and vitamins. I’m living proof.

      • Jess says:

        Sinead
        What was in the IV treatment?

      • Erin says:

        Mine was called a Myers Bag. It took about 3 hours for the IV to go in. The B12 shots really pushed my recovery. 12 is not something that is stored in the body and you have to I take it daily to keep your levels up. I’m one of those that has to take supplants for it or get the shot to help me. B12 and magnesium are two things women that are peri-menopausal or menopausal are normally low in. Both of them help with hot flashes as well.

      • Jess says:

        You tolerated the bag and vitamins within reactions?

      • Erin says:

        I don’t understand your question. My body was healed with IV vitamins, and with other things in the bag and the shots. My body was healed with natural products your body needs to be healthy, not chemicals from Big Pharma. Everything I took and take have helped reduce the histamine reactions I ha e due to no more estrogen.

      • Jess says:

        I understand now what you are saying. The one thing that I don’t understand is about the estrogen. Were your reactions due to not having estrogen? Why would this cause reactions?
        Thanks

      • Erin says:

        My problems are a direct affect of not having estrogen. But through this blog and The Helaing Histamine blog and with my naturopath I fought my way back. With the help of vitamins and healing foods I healed my body. If I’d used modern medicine I would be dead by now. They just wanted to try and give me meds, not try heal my body. I still would only be able to eat organic chicken…that’s the only thinks I was able to eat. You can help heal the affects of the lack of estrogen through food and vitamins. See a naturopath and let them help you. There is relief and healing through natural doctors.

  6. I am currently trying to figure out what this awful rash on my jawline, neck, arms and legs is from. I am 48 and in peri-menopause. I love wine, nuts and cheese and will cry if it’s a histamine intolerance, but all my blood work is fine and and I think this might be my problem. Is there any way to test for this?

  7. Donna says:

    Wow I am so gladI found you on this site I’m adding my omegas back I to diet also going to use the olive oil I’ve used it before but not nearly enough it always slipped my mind I will let you know how it’s going hoping I get sone relief with this itching we shall see my diiet is the hardest Seems to be anything I eat I itch

  8. Erin says:

    For my hives I’m taking 1000mg of vitamin C three times a day with 500 mg of Quercitin three times a day and they are in control. Zinc is also known to help keep hives at bay.

  9. Erin says:

    So, I’m allergic to HRT. I was getting bad hot flashes. Now I get a B12 shot every two weeks and they are ever so manageable.

    • I’ve been telling women for five years that nutrition is the key. Thanks for your input!

      Dale

      • Erin says:

        Dale, you are ever so correct about nutrition. It’s the key to all of this. We eat mostly organic at home now, so if we do eat out my histamine bucket is low and I can enjoy myself. I also feel better with less additives in my body. I also use gloves when I clean now, to help keep my body healthier. I’ve now been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, so that has thrown another element into my life, but I can magange it with a good diet.

      • I’m so happy to hear you are doing so well and have found a way to manage it all. I also appreciate when gals write in to validate what I’ve written. It’s a hard sell!

        I do the same thing. I eat clean at home so I can eat pizza out with friends.

        I hope the arthritis is kept at bay with nutrition too. It is another kind of inflammation, but in theory you’d think there is still a link between food and body even with that.

        You sound like you have a great attitude. Keep healing and moving forward. And thanks again for writing!

        Dale

    • Kim says:

      Wow! Awesome! Did you have to ask your doctor for those or did he/she prescribe it according to your symptoms? I may ask mine as well! Thanks so much!

  10. Ellen McDevitt says:

    I am so glad to have found this site..I am way past menopause, but have Histamine Intolerance due to gut issues. I have read on this forum that cold can cause histamine issues and I wonder if heat can do the same thing…because I am trying to detox my body, I take a hit Epsom salts bath every night…and wind up itching afterward and when I wake up….does this sound familiar to anyone. I am do surprised that weather can cause a histamine reaction…looking forward to reading all the comments…hopefully I will find some answers you dealing with this…

    • I’ve read that you shouldn’t do Epsom salt baths every day. It can be very dehydrating for one thing. So maybe take a look at that. Or maybe it’s the epsom salt actually triggering you. I would stop for a few days and see what happens.

      Glad you found my blog. Thanks for writing.

      Dale

    • Erin says:

      So, i take zero meds now and I’m allergic to all HRT. To help control the histamines in my body I take 1000mg and vitamins c a day and 500mg of Quercitin 3 times a day. This not only helps control my histamine issues but also my hay fever and I live in the worst place in the USA for allergies. At one point I was taking 6000mg of vitamin c a day to help control the histamines. Vitamins c is water solvable so you can’t take to much because you pee it out. The DAO in your intestines also help control histamine regulation. Caffeine, alcohol and over the counter antihistamines kill the DAO in you’re gut, this the reason why I take the C and quercitin….which works better than taking antihistamines for me…I took them for over 30 years daily. Leaky gut will also kill the DAO. I would start a low histamine diet and then slowly add in foods to see what foods you react too. I would also they taking the vitamins supplements above and take those three other items out of your diet to help rebuild the DAO in your gut.

      • Olive oil also helps with Dao production. If you search my site for it you’ll find lots of posts on how healing it is.

      • Sinead says:

        Wow 30 years on antihistamines. Was that solely for histamine intolerance or hayfever too
        Are you through menopause? My intolerance seems to be ramping up a gear as I progress through the peri stage. I am just hoping that it settles down at the other end!

      • Erin says:

        Yes, it was for 30+ years. I took the antihistamines because of hayfever and then eventually because I developed hives. Dan histamines kept the hives at bay. But both a hayfever and the hives or a mast cell issue. So by taking the 500 mg of coarse it in three times a day and $1000 grams or more of vitamin C a day I have no Hey fever or hives. If I miss my dosages or do them in correctly for a couple days they comes back. Your issues are going to get more complicated as you get closer to menopause. The estrogen in your body is what helps balance everything. So I would look into natural ways of controlling your histamine issues. You also need to look at your diet and keep your high histamine foods low so when you want to splurge you don’t have an issue. If you look more into this blog and then go to healing histamine blog it will tremendously help you. There’s a possibility that everything you’re going through can be controlled through diet and natural resources.

  11. Ellen McDevitt says:

    This is a great site…I have SIBO and now have Histamine Intolerance….I am trying to figure out which foods I have to avoid…..I just started the burning itching skin…I was taking Epsom salt baths every night in pretty hot water….my arms would start burning….it continued until I went to bed and be there in the morning …..but then go away during the day….it has now gotten worse and no sleep. I never seem to get the itching right after I eat…so I never know what is causing the itch….I had my Smoothies around 3:00 and am just starting to itch at 5:20….is that about the right time it takes for a reaction time. I have learned so much already from this site. The olive oil tip is great. As well as the olive leaf…..I have sent for it as well as the ginger. Thanks so much for taking the time to help us

    • Hot water was awful for me. I couldn’t take a hot shower for a year! And shaving my legs with a razor was bad too. Used an electric razor for probably two or three years. So maybe stop the hot water thing. And stop the epsom salt until you know which is the trigger.

      I could eat and react as soon as the trigger hit my tongue or sometimes it would be an hour later. It varies by what your triggers are and how you react. Keep a food journal to help you figure it out.

      Now I can get a migraine a day later but I can usually tell you why. Alcohol, processed food…something I shouldn’t have eaten for sure!

      Glad I’m helping. Thanks for writing!

      Dale

  12. Sinead says:

    Hi ladies, I think you are all wonderful and it helps so much to have the support. I am 4 years into my histamine intolerance but coping thanks to Dale! I think we should have an international conference where we all meet up – somewhere nice – like a Spa!!! I’ll travel from Ireland. What would we call it? What do you think?????

  13. Sinead says:

    Hi Erin and thanks for getting back to me. Dale’s site is literally a life saver. In your response you say you take 500mg of something – what exactly is that? Do you think once through the menopause the body gets used to lack of estrogen and things settle down? I am modifying my diet and taking supplements but the itching is still driving me insane. I am going to try the sole drink today and hope that it combined with everything else helps the itch and the burn abate.

    Thanks again Erin.

    • Erin says:

      Everyone’s body chemistry is different. I don’t know if it will go away once the body gets used to not having estrogen. To keep my histamine levels down by eatting a low histamine diet. I also take the vitamin C and quercetin three times a day. This helps me and I e found that others I k ow who suffer similarly to me this course of action also helps. All I know is what I’ve learned from my research and what my naturopath has told me. I do suggest you see one. Doctors are far more knowledgeable than I am.

  14. Sinead says:

    Hi Erin, thanks again. I am booking in with a naturopath today. Good luck with it all.

    Merry Christmas.

  15. Shelley says:

    Ladies I’m so glad I’ve found you all … I’m 49 and after over 20 years of food intolerances, I have over the last couple of years also suffered with itching, rashes, urticaria and swellings too! The immunologist last week diagnosed me with chronic spontaneous urticaria and angiodema and blamed it on my pedantic & fastidious behaviour and wants me to have a psychological assessment! I was convinced it was brought on by the approach of the menopause as was fine eating potatoes, chocolate and nightshades before it all started… i am so happy to see others on your site have the same symptoms and that I’m not alone :-)). Shelley

    • Your immunologist sounds like he’s from the dark ages when men thought it was all in women’s heads. Dump him and heal yourself!

      Happy healing!
      Dale

      • Shelley says:

        Thanks Dale, I totally agree and am now reading the beginners guide to histamine intolerance and will be following the diet and taking my quercetin tablets! So Professor …. P…. you can take a long walk off a short cliff and go see the psychologist yourself! Lol. Thank you ladies for your support. Love Shelley xx

      • Hahaha! Good for you! Lots of those old geezers who think it’s all in our heads should take a good look at themselves…and then visit that cliff!

        Happy healing!
        Dale

  16. Abhija says:

    Hi
    Happy to read this
    But would like a lot more info
    On high n low histamine foods sp

  17. My wife is post-menopausal at 58. In the past few years we’ve noticed that she’s having seemingly allergic reactions to exposure to cold. Fortunately, we live in southeast Texas so cold weather isn’t too great/often of a problem. But we’re looking forward to moving in the years to come (to be closer to our daughter) where the weather may be a bit colder for a longer period of time. My impression is that hormonal changes can lead to cold allergies. Have any of you ladies had similar experiences? If so, was there anything that helped? It’s really quite frustrating to her and disturbing to me to see her so unhappy with the cold. Thanks!

    — D

  18. Claudia says:

    I am so happy to have found your blog. You’re a lifesaver!! I am almost 53 years old. I am still going through menopause. I’ve had the most common effects: hot flashes on and off, insomnia and weight gain. I use alternative meds for all my maladies so I searched for an alternative treatment for hot flashes and found Menopause Complete Natural Care from Nested Naturals and really noticed the difference after a couple of weeks. I ran out around 2 months ago and since I was feeling so much better, with hardly any hot flashes, I stopped taking them. I started getting hot flashes again 3 weeks ago so I started taking them again. Around 4 days ago I started to get an intense itch on my back. It then spread to my chest and upper arms. It’s driving me INSANE!! I’ve never been allergic to anything! I did research online and read up on histamines and then found your blog. I knew there had to be a correlation between histamines and menopause and the foods we eat! The itch is still driving me crazy! It gets worse at night and after hot showers. Since I don’t do mainstream over the counter meds I was hesitant to take Benadryl but I did. I also bought it in spray and it kinda worked. I also made a small spray bottle of witch hazel with 8 drops of Lavender oil and 8 drops of Peppermint oil and it really calmed the itch. I’m not taking the Benadryl anymore. I’m going to take vitamin C, Quercetin and Olive Leaf extract like you suggest. I’m also watching what I eat and drink. I’ve shared your blog on my Facebook page so friends who are going through the same experience find relief. Do you have a Facebook page? If not you should. The information you have is very valuable. Women helping women. In this day and age, more then ever, we need to band together and share the “wonderful” experiences of womanhood. Weaker sex my @$$!!

    I’m not going crazy!

    Thank you! Thank you!

  19. MIssy Maiorano says:

    I am so happy I found this site! I am about to turn 47 and was healthy all my life…no allergies, no illnesses to speak of, etc. Then, just before Christmas, the hives and swelling began out of nowhere. After trip to the pcp, allergist, and endocrinologist, I was told I was 100% healthy and to just “wait it out.” I found the Yasmina’s site on Histamine Intolerance, put myself on a strict low-histamine diet…and the hives were gone within one week. I have still had a couple very minor lip swellings since the hives disappeared, but I am hoping those are on their way out as well. My questions to those of you who have been on this journey longer than me…when and how do you start introducing other foods like grains, lentils, nuts, etc. I feel like I need to start addressing inflammation, not just histamine. So, I am eager to introduce some other foods. Also, will I EVER be able to drink a glass of wine again??? Or eat some dark chocolate? I miss those things. Not that I want to go back to consuming them in large amounts…but Oh, I would love just a glass with friends at happy hour sometime.
    : )
    Thank you for any input. Oh, one more quick question. I am still taking Allegra and Pepcid ever since my allergist put me on them for the hives back in early December. Now that the hives are gone, I am nervous to quit the Allegra and Pecid. Has anyone seen rebound effects once they stopped? I know I need to go off of them since they both reduce DAO in my system.

    Again, Thank you for any input. I am so happy I found this site!

  20. Carol Mockler says:

    I thoroughly agree with you. It took 12 years for my diagnosis histamine intolerance. Like you I have been very proactive in keeping myself well through research. I came across Yasmina Ykelestan Healing Histamine through a high nutrient diet and it has changed my life.

  21. Kippy Ellis says:

    Thank you 🙏🏻 I thought I was going crazy 😢 you have brought so much peace to me thank s day. Which site is best to tell me what to avoid? Agaian you are a blessing!!!!

  22. Wendy says:

    Hello I have got to say I burst in to tears when I read your post I have suffered for 10 yrs through exactly same symptoms , I new there was connection between my food and hot flashes inspite of my doctor saying it’s just menopause and estrogen dropping I have been through menopause 4yrs now but have had these syymptoms mildly for 10 yrs than bam major flushes and migraines through menopause don’t even talk to me about bleach or hair dye it nearly kills me ! i new it was more then what my doctor was saying but they never really listen when u say flushes ,migraine, itchy, brain fatigue to them it’s menopause and we can deal with it every woman Gos through it so take your HRT and Off u go .well that pisses me off because I know my body and what i need is someone who will help not lecture me about estrogen an progesterone , just help to get normal again so I started looking around on the internet tried everything wrote a list of what kinda worked and not , cut long story short , what I found was enzymes ,fish oil ,liver tablets and a cleansing detox diet worked especially with my migraines and hot flushes but it would always come back after a time and I could never work it out , I researched and realized my blood vessels dilation was caused by histamine Realease and then stumbled just like u say on to your post and this bought me to tears as this was a thought that had crossed my mind and was trying to find info on this so I was emotional knowing others have the same thought and feelings and symptoms towards histamine .i will follow your blog and try your antihistamine diet-vitamins as u have done all the work (research) I thank u and will let u know how it worked for me. Kind Regards Wendy

  23. Carol Ross says:

    Well this has been an interesting read! Thankyou for taking the time to do this blog! I am 62, retired and thought I was done with menopause. Six months ago I started getting hives on my abdomen, butt, and thighs?? Mentioned it to family doctor who told me to stay away from acidic foods ie. oranges etc. Sent me to an Internist who did the allergy test, which didn’t show I was allergic to anything. He said I have CIU (chronic ideopathic urticaria). He said most people never find out what causes it. He prescribed antihistamines to be taken daily along with a stronger one when hives are bad! Not one for taking pills daily, I started researching it myself. Antihistamines only mask the real problem. I found that it could be histamines aggravating menopausal hormones. A Naturopath put me on a dairy free kind of cleansing diet which has help rid the bloating etc. I feel. To make matters worse, I noticed when I have a hot bath, which I love, I would break out in hives again on my butt and/or back. So I have surmised that my CIU is also pressure related. If you are taking Vit C, make sure it is low acidic Vit C as it can aggravate if you have gut issues. When I have a hive break out, I use Calendula Salve, which you can purchase at Health Food Stores. I make my own as it is good for a multitude of issues. I don’t stay long in the bath and make sure it’s not too hot! I love my wine so I will enjoy low histamine wines of which a good red would be Pinot Noirs and good white choices would be Pinot Grigios. When I visit my doctor next, I will have her check my progesterone levels to see where I am. So far my flashes have reduced, but not entirely, and I do feel better thinking this could be temporary.

  24. Misti Burns says:

    You have given me hope. As I lay awake with hives, I found this site. It’s been a long 17 months. I’m on 4 Zyrtec a day, 2 Pepcid a day, and Singulair at night. I’m having blurred vision from the side effects and lack of energy. I have not taken vitamins because of the massive amount of pills already. I have been to an allergist, immunologist, dermatologist, and recently a hormone specialist who I’m hoping will give some helpful guidance once I get the saliva hormone test back. I want to treat the problem, not the symptoms. I need to find a different way. Thank you for your site!

    • I hope this helps get you on a healing path. Thanks for sharing.

      Dale

      • Sheila Henry says:

        I am 72 and have histamine intolerance which really came to light on my 70 th BD came out of lake on a hot sunny day and had hives first time Iin my life.That became miserable for the last two winters as I cannot stand cold of any kind.After much research I have concluded that I may lack the DAO enzyme which when we eat it deals with histamine and at the moment I take 1 Tablespoon of olive oil before each meal as it is said ( but don’t quote me ) to increase Diamine Oxydase DAO by 500%.Also there are theories that Vit D along with Vit K also help with hives etc.Histamine interfers with sleep aswell .Olive Oil is disgusting raw but if it works its worth it.I also avoid most high histamine foods ,the ones I like lol.

      • I’ve written extensively on olive oil. It works trust me!

      • Jess says:

        Do you drink the olive oil or put it on the skin?

      • Both. I use a tablespoon in my smoothie every morning. And I use it on my legs. I haven’t itched on my legs in four years. And that’s after a lifetime of itching.

    • Jessica says:

      Must I
      Have you checked into mast cell activation disorder? I have this and my hormones in peri menopause have flared this.

      • MIssy Maiorano says:

        Just out of curiosity, how did you get the official diagnosis of MCAD? I wonder about getting tested for that but not sure how to go about it. Is there anything you can do about MCAD or is it sort of a lifetime issue…will you have to eat low-histamine forever? I am SO hoping that one day I will eat chocolate again. Lol

  25. Anne Spee says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have stopped menustrating just half a year ago and wake up about every two hours at night from hotflashes. I have a lot of allergies, but last week I suddenly had several hotflashes shortly after one another and I thought: could it be related to histtamine and yes! So glad I found your site! Going to read up what to avoid. I have noticed some things that never really gave me problems do now, so it’s going to be back to basics and then adding to see what to avoid. Thank you! I live in the Netherlands by the way so your page helps women worldwide!

  26. Sheri says:

    OMG I am not alone!!! Back in 2010 I was suddenly struck with RA & fibromyalgia.I was guinea pigged with many different drugs(I drew the line at biologics;couldn’t afford ‘e-mail & they scared me.) After 8yrs of very strong pain killers I weaned myself of them in January. Recently, I have become seemingly allergic to EVERYTHING. Mostly foods,though, so I no longer eat grains, sugars, or dairy. I am staring hard down the barrel of 55yrs old and my histamines are now off the charts! I’ve become scared to eat much of anything.I have many symptoms including severe dermatitis on my hands and feet. Thanks to ALL of you to rise the tips.You can believe I’m gonna try the vitamin c and quercetin! I

  27. KCee says:

    I am wondering if there is relief from all the histamine/ hormone problems after menopause?

    • Of course. You don’t have to suffer with it all. But it takes work. Some diet changes, some supplements. You can bring your body back into balance. I don’t have the problems I did when I started this blog. I still have to be careful, but I’m not riddled with itching and insomnia or any of the other problems I had.

      Dale

  28. Annick Péloquin- Murray says:

    So glad I found this article!! I have been taking histamine for two years. I could not pin point what it was I was allergic to. Did the allergy test. Mild,mildew and dust.
    A month ago I stopped taking the anti histamine and to see. Well hot flashes every 20 Minutes I thinking I can’t do this. So I’ve been searching. And it being spring I took a anti histamine and I noticed a
    less hot flashes. Need the list of foods I can eat. I have told my doctor all this and never said anything about high histamine levels in food.

    • Maybe try olive leaf instead of the anti-histamine. It has many positives and is a natural product. But only if you can tolerate it. This is not medical advice and I am not a doctor.

      Doctors don’t seem to know about histamine intolerance. Or they don’t want to know about it. What fun would it be for them if the answer to so many problems is to eat differently and take supplements?!

      Thanks for writing.

      Dale

      • Melanie R Schrand says:

        There is a great company called ancestral supplements which are glandular supplements. The kidney has the DAO enzyme in it so it should help heal the root cause of histamine issues as we are all probably low on the DAO enzyme. I am going to try it and will come back here and let you know. The owner of the company emails everyone and he is extremely knowledgeble about glandular supplements and their customer service is unbelieveable. I also bought histaminex probiota which is a probiotic from seekinghealth.com that has taken a lot of my itchiness away. I only take one pill a day and noticed a big difference the second or third day. As always,I eat a clean low histamine diet but I still get itchy like from spinach as spinach is high in histamine. I am hoping with this supplement I will be able to eat more spinach.

  29. Jennifer says:

    I’m so happy I found your blog. It’s all starting to make sense. My husband was just saying how he read that hot flashes and allergies are connected. I’m going to be 52 in July and have never had allergies and I’m going crazy! Couldn’t figure out what was going on. Thank you for sharing this. I’ll be doing a lot of research. It does seem they come on a lot more when I’m eating ,and bleach is no longer in my house! It’s the devil. Again thank you!!

  30. Shelia marble says:

    This was very helpful information

  31. Kris says:

    Has anyone tried Dr. Gary Levin’s method for treating hives and angioedema?

  32. Beth says:

    Thank you for your site. It makes me feel like I’m not crazy. It has confirmed some clues and suspicions I had about Estrogen, hormone changes and histamine. Ironically, I researched this path for my teen daughter who has allergies, horrible PMS, depression and chronic GI upset. I think there must a be a few genes we share that correlate to the allergy/hormone connection.

    I had eczema as a kid, IBS as a teen and then most health issues resolved. But after I had my daughter at 35 (Estrogen plummets after pregnancy) my pre-pain migraines started and it has just gotten worse as I head into completing a first year of no period. Like life-robbing worse.

    I thought though, that lower Estrogen would stop the histamine load since that is the trigger. But it must be more complicated than that. So I keep researching.

    This April, I had horrible sinus infection like symptoms and since then everything has gone haywire. My mood, my sleep (was already not great), my migraines and EXTREME chemical sensitivities. Also, the anxiety I have is not thought produced (I am using techniques for controlling that) it truly feels BIOCHEMICAL. The other day, out of desperation I tried a 10mg Valium (I don’t want to use drugs) but it changes my whole body – I could eat, I could sleep, my mood was positive. I feel like its a whole complex of chemicals out of wack – adrenalin, cortisol, progesterone/hormones.

    I just put myself on an low/no histamine diet out of desperation. I really need protein so I’ve read opposing opinion on whether meat cause excess production. Taking DAO. Taking Quercetin/C – but I guess I should increase this (1000mg Quercetin/under 1000mg C). I would like to find a good Nutritionist who gets this syndrome/issue with hormones.

    My questions is – after the body gets used to new normal for hormones, wouldn’t histamine intolerance improve??

    Thanks for writing this – I know there is a lot too it that explains these crazy symptoms.

    • Jessica says:

      Maybe join mast cell activation disorder groups on Facebook and they can help .

    • I think your body does come back into a “new” balance but speaking from experience, I still have to be careful about some foods and household products. And I sadly never went back to drinking beer. I actually hardly drink at all anymore. So for me it’s an ongoing thing, but it’s under control. But when I fall off the wagon with something I know I shouldn’t eat, my body tells me in different ways. Hot flashes come back, or brain fog descends, itching… depends on what I’ve eaten.

      I hope you keep reading through the blog and it helps you bring your body back into your new balance. Thanks for writing.

      Dale

  33. Vicki Bowman says:

    I have been POST menopausal for over 2 years. Started having Anaphylactic shock episodes that sent me to the ER 18 months ago. Had grown up with allergies to some foods, but having an exacerbated allergic reaction that was life-threatening was a new and scary thing.
    I follow THIS food list;
    https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf
    And on occasion do still have a reaction. However I have noticed the connection between leftovers and other triggers. . .
    I have also just recently seen an allergist due to this ongoing situation, and he is connecting GERD which I had not had premenopause to this situation. He’s put me on H1 and H2 blockers, which you know will increase the likelihood of a histamine reaction, sooooooooooooo I am lost in all of this……..!!

  34. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for this blog and I appreciate all of the comments! I am 41 and have been perimenopausal since 38. My hot flashes are now being accompanied by beet red rashes and hives on my face, neck and ankles. Like one of the above woman’s comments, I had allergies as a young teenager but grew out of them (my hair went curly also).
    I have been feeling more helpless than usual regarding menopause so this has given me hope.
    Thanks again

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