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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812 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

  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.

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