I’m about to fly outta here to go on my Sunday morning bike ride, but before I go I wanted to stress one point about other things that can trigger a histamine reaction.
There are quite a few people on here who are either new to histamine intolerance or just discovering that their ongoing issues could be histamine intolerance, so especially for their benefit, I wanted to stress this point again.
We tend to speak a lot about what we can and cannot eat, but anything you touch or breath or come in contact with can trigger a reaction also. I was just working on a new sculpture, and opened a little tube of Rub and Buff. It’s a kind of metallic rub you can use to antique things. It has metal powder and waxes and whatever else, I don’t exactly remember, but most importantly, for me it seems, it has fumes.
I thought nothing about it until a few minutes later, when I went to make my morning smoothie, I noticed my leg broke out in a bumpy itchy patch. I hadn’t even eaten anything yet, so I traced through my mind what I was just doing and landed on the Rub and Buff.
Months ago, I learned the hard way what could happen with me when I decided to bleach the caulk around my bathtub. Let’s just say I won’t be doing that anytime soon. My reaction to this new stuff wasn’t nearly as bad, but my histamine levels are pretty low, so it was a minor reaction. I might use the stuff again. I just won’t be looming over the tube breathing it in.
But the point is, you’re going to react to other things besides food. So write it down. I put an entry into my food diary immediately. That’s where I note everything, so I’m pretty sure I’ll remember I didn’t eat it!
What other things trigger your reactions? Anyone want to share?