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

468 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!

      Dale

    • 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!

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

      Dale

    • 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.
      Regards
      Linda

    • 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:

    Thanks

  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.
    THANKYOU

  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!

    Terri

    • 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.

    • Hi Lily. I too have discovered information about Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis. I have had hand dermatitis for 3 years now. 2 months into hives and itchiness with some nausea which are all symptoms. I suppose it is all related to the hormone changes. I have found the olive leaf extract, quercetin with bromelain, vitamin c really helps. Even my hand dermatitis has improved. My hives are currently minor, still have itch but not as bad right now. I hope your hives have gone by now! Good luck.

  24. Erica says:

    Thank you so much. I am 42, and I have, for the last six weeks or so, been very itchy, especially on my hands/wrists, feet/ankles, my trunk, shoulder blades, and thighs. I thought it was hives (I did my own research), but my doctor said I didn’t seem like hives because it was lasting so long. She thinks it’s stress related. I haven’t been back to see her in a couple of weeks, and after researching more only be tonight, I really think it’s hives. I am wondering now, after reading your info, if it is hormone related, because for the last three periods I’ve had, they have all started a couple of days early. I have always been very regular, and I know that periods closer together can also be a sign of premenopause. I am calling my doctor tomorrow and talking to her about this.

  25. Sherrie Hale says:

    Holy smokes!!!!
    I have been in perimenopause for a year now and just had my second FSH test completed and I am now in menopause, wonderful go me…. Sigh**** I have been lucky enough to have gone grey at age 25 so dying my hair has been routine for a very long time and about two months ago I tried a new product and ended up with huge burning itching bumps on my head, hands and the tips of my feet. I thought a pterodactyl size mosquito was eating me alive! After doing a thorough recognizance mission to look for whatever was dining on me at night, alas there was only me in the room. The hives went away and what I thought was all was calm again until they came back with a vengeance. I never put two and two together to think it was a hormone / histamine issue. I am grateful for your blog and will try a low histamine diet to see if that does not remedy the awful situation that I am going through. Thank you for your research.

    Thank you,
    Sherrie

    • Your post reminded me that in the beginning I thought I had an allergy to the sun! I didn’t see hives. Mine was an invisible itch. So mosquitos weren’t an option!

      Hope you’re now on a healing path. Maybe let the gray show. Now you’ve earned it!

      Dale

  26. N says:

    NEETLE TEA is amazing to relieve the itchiness and is full of increadible nutrients. It took me a while to figure out where this outbreak of eczema was coming from. Thank you for this blog!

  27. Shari says:

    So, I just turned 51, and had my last period almost 2 years ago. I woke up yesterday with hives all over the back of my upper thighs and bottom of my bottom…what a fun day that was to go to work and try not to sit down. Like a thousand mosquito bites, I wanted to crawl out of my body and leave it there. Went to the Dr. in the afternoon who said “ouch” due to a couple of them being huge, and prescribed a steroid to try. I hate taking anything, and i google EVERYthing, so here I am. Your 1st paragraph describes my life for the past 2 years completely. I have numerous hot flashes every day, but they are nothing compared to these hives. I am waiting for the health store to open so I can buy the olive-oil supplement. 24 hours of this is enough already…I am way too busy for this! Thank you for posting your findings for the rest of us!!

  28. Gina says:

    how do I get rid of high histiamine levels in my body? Found very helpful …thank you

  29. Monica says:

    I am 51 years young I am still have a period every 8 to 9 months for the last 5 years.my first experience with hives was January 2011 going on 4 years soon. I ve shared before that I’ve seen 20 something doctors been in emergency several times do to the hives. The only thing that works for me is the drug prescription (injection) Xloir it’s for people that suffer with ths asthma. The injection keeps me hive free for about 27 to 39 days then Im covered again. I ve read this blog for a year or so and I hear lots of people say they get severe hot flashes I get them but not that bad or often , which makes me wonder does your thought go hand in hand? Also I am wondering if anyone has mentioned that they are a type 2 diabetic? Because I am. Just expressing my experiences and thoughts ….Any comment/suggestions are appreciated :) thank you

    • I absolutely believe the itching and hot flashes go hand in hand and have written a lot about it. Use the search bar to find posts.

      As for the diabetes, that is something that hasn’t been mentioned. I don’t know how that would affect other systems in the body. Sorry I can’t help there.

      Dale

  30. Christine says:

    I want to thank you so much for this article / blog – I have recently underwent medical menopause and am two weeks post op. I woke up this morning with breakout rashes on my wrists, arms, and lip was swollen the size of my nose. No known allergies, nothing new to contribute to it… So I have been at a loss. Benadryl helped for about an hour, but then everything is back. This article may have just saved me months (if not years) of anguish. Thank you!!

  31. So happy to have found this blog! I have been documenting my own journey with food allergies after discovering (by accident) that I am allergic to milk, red meat and soy. What brought me here, is I had been playing around with my HORMONES using progesterone and estrogen creams to fix what I thought was a hormone imbalance and endometrioisis. Instead I triggered this avalanche of histamine issues that helped me uncover food allergies that had kept me sick all my life. So for that I’m grateful. But this topic is so intriguing since my worst symptoms began AFTER i began to play around with my hormones and I am still scratching my head as to what causes that and what to expect when menopause comes in a few years. Hmmm! Very interesting, thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. Will be bookmarking!! :)

  32. Jennifer says:

    Thank you Dale for this blog! I’m looked at like I’m crazy eveytime I tell my doctors and allergist that I’m not allergic to anything, but keep breaking out in hives! I had my first episode of hives 2 days after getting my flu shot.(I am also perimenopausel and I had not had a period for 3 months). So I blamed the flu shot for this, I discussed this with my allergist and she was adamant that it wasn’t the flu shot but I was a “mysterious case” and not to worry about it! Basically told me it was something that I’m allergic to and to keep a food log of what I eat.(total waste of time because I’m not allergic to no foods). I also told them (dr/allergist) that I am perimenopausel and does that have anything to do with it? They were like no….hives come and go in some patients and basically blew it off. I was told to take Zantac twice a day for the hives since it’s an H-2 blocker. I can say it does work because I haven’t dealt with the itchy hives for about 4 days now. But low and behold, I got my period 4 days (it’s been off for 5 months) ago and I think that this fluctuated the bad episode of hives and that doctor visit.(That’s when Zantac was introduced).I also struggle with dizziness, foggy brain, easily irritatable, mood swings, you name it! I do feel crazy at times and it is also frustrating when no one understands what we go through. Our bodies go through so much suffering! Mother Nature has done a number on us, LOL but we have to keep our humor in order to be sane 😂😂😂. Thank You again Dale because now I can try to have my life back. I’ve looked everywhere and I found your blog, and everything you said makes some much sense! I feel so much better to discover that it’s not only “me” that goes through this.

    God Bless and keep us all Enlighted with your research 😊

  33. Leslie Gargano says:

    I am so grateful I stumbled upon this site! I have had hives that don’t itch going on 5 months now. I am 53 my period ended at 46. About I year ago I got stung by a yellowjacket and had a rash at the site. 2 weeks later got stung by wasp on my eye and had a severe reaction with swelling, dizziness etc and now carry and epi pen. 5 months after that I have the rash on my groin, hips, lower back, sides of trunk and stomach. 2 dermotologists, 3 biospies, skin test with my primary doc zero allergies and now bloodwork for antibodies! They have no answer whatsoever! I cut out the wheat, dairy, sugar almost. I take pepcid AC the rash goes away. I am going to get the olive leaf and the DAO enzyme and will keep you posted. Thank you!

  34. Amazing…I’m a Personal Trainer, with a client base of 80% women over the age of 40.
    To help them I’m currently taking a course in exercise and nutrition for the menopausal women.
    Hystermine levels had come up in conversation with my clients which lead me to your blog.
    I’m gathering lots of information and I want to help others to get through this this ‘taboo’ subject with plenty of knowledge.
    Please send me any other experiences, or to talk further by email psmarcus@aol.com
    Or follow me on Instagram, sammarcusx
    to read my posts. As a 40 year old I’m feeling the changes already and I plan to help many women to continue their life during the menopause happy, comfortably and hopefully drug free xxx Kind Regards Sam

  35. Apryl says:

    So glad I’m not the only one that isn’t going crazy. I been getting Allergy shots now for 3 months.I get 6 shots a week, yes I’m allergic to almost everything. For 3 yrs now I been getting hot flashes I believe it is, I have fatigue, body aches, brain fog, unbalanced, can’t sleep. I’m only 41, and already been tested for menapause and it was Negative. I asked my allergist about this and he said it’s not allergy related, I believe it is.

    I have IBS, acid reflex, anxiety and winter depression. Sometimes I believe it’s the Meds im on that make me crazy and moody.

    I just want answers. Like right now I’m burning up and it’s like 67 in my house.
    I’m trying to eat healthy but am a Virgin at this.

    Just need some help and now I know I’m not alone

  36. Stephanie T says:

    Thank you thank you…from a fellow teacher! I’ve had itchy hands for the past week..I scratch in my sleep & little hives appear. My hands have been a bit swollen too. It’s driving me crazy 😨 I am going to research more about the histamine connection. Thank you for this! Oh..I’ll be 50 in 2 months. Ugh.

  37. Jo Raeburn says:

    wow so inspired by the wisdom you share…so grateful to hear that I am not alone…I’ve been having such a nightmare lately with my menopausal symptoms…this all makes so much sense…i feel moved/ energised by reading your experiences of histamine and hormone imbalance and feel mobilised to research more fully to get more informed and start making more nutritional changes to support whats going on….thank you so much!!!!! x

    • Thank you! Your words inspire me to keep working at it. Hope this helps put you on a healing path.

      Dale

      • Lucy Hazlehurst says:

        Dale,

        Three years ago I was a mess of misery, with non-stop hives and ongoing verbal battles with medical personnel who didn’t have the time or inclination to dig deeper and find out what was going on. Determined not to take prednisone long term, I did my own research and found your site. Within days of starting histamine free eating I began to get relief. By the end of a month I was hives free. I have been hives free ever since.

        It wasn’t easy – most of my favorite foods were high in histamine – but it was so worth it. I found my food journal the other day, and seeing it inspired me to write you again and thank you for sharing this information with the world.

        Gratefully yours,

        Lucy

      • Thank you so much for sharing this. I love when someone can validate my message. You can heal and live normally again. It takes work, but it can be done. Thank you for reinforcing the message.

        Dale

  38. Summer says:

    Thanks for the info.I just started allergy shots for 3 months now. I’m allergic to a lot, my doctor said he can’t believe how I live I need to be in a bubble. Haha
    But I’m realizing that I might be going crazy. I’m clumsy (I have injured my knee and sprained my hand), I have brain fog, reading words wrong, horrific nightmares, hot flashes, cranky, crying, depression, PMS symptoms,.
    I have started eating healthier do to having IBS so I seem a little better. I told my allergist about my symptoms but he say I crazy and allergies don’t do these things to us. Well I know I’m not crazy, but he my doctor and he should help me. I can’t even hold a job down cuz my allergies make me so fatigue I can literally sleep for 12hrs or more
    I just want to feel normal

  39. Kathi Babcock says:

    Back in June 2015 I started to get welts on my neck where I had been applying my Estrodial cream. The redness then spread to my eyelids, around my nose, mouth and chin. It would burn and itch, leaving my skin dry and cracked. Then the top layer of skin would shed the next day, making it next to impossible to on my makeup, which I needed to be able to go out in public because it looked so bad. I tried talking to doctors and they’d give me prednisone creams and tell me to use more sunscreen. I have times the itching is so bad accompanied by heart palpatations in the night, feeling like I was going to die. This is not me! Finally by reading about histamine connection and hormones has given me hope. But my face is still having hive like episodes even though I’ve been avoiding histamine foods. I had hives once before and it took 4 months to go away. Is this an overload of estrogen and high histamine levels? Ever since I stopped taking my HRT I now have sleepless night with hot flashes AND a red hive-like face. I’m so discouraged at times, not wanting to go into public. Doctors don’t listen!

    • It’s not just about avoiding histamine in foods. It’s also about eating nutrient dense foods that are antihistaminic and anti inflammatory. Please take a look at my supplements page. B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and omega 3’s are all important. And if you haven’t visited the Low Histamine Chef site you should!

      Quercetin, olive leaf extract, and olive oil also all help. Please keep reading. There’s a ton of information here. You can heal!

      Dale

  40. Lori Brown says:

    I looked up reasons for me itching when I have hot flashes. You and I have the same exact issues. All of it is me to a T. Do you have specific information about your supplements and what not to eat? I need help because Im suffering with the moodiness and fatigue, depression, itching, hot flashes, fog headed, and sick feeling. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  41. Itching girl says:

    Hi ladies,

    You would not believe the relief I already feel simply from finding this site. I am 47 and in peri menopause. I have no symptoms except for irregular periods and itching. The itching is horrific and the triggers appear to be increasing on a regular basis. I am constantly taking anti histamine tablets and am not a fan of tablets. I will order the olive leaf and maca tonight and let you all know how I get on. DLB like you I am a high school teacher and you have advanced my learning tonight. Thank you.

  42. Itching girl says:

    Oh and another thing which my husband has just reminded me of. When we are intimate my neck, shoulders and back blaze red and itch like crazy. It’s a bad thing when you become allergic to your husband!! Especially when you have a great one! Lol

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