Many of us will have taken an anti-histamine at some time in our lives, either to treat an itchy skin rash, to relieve a blocked or runny nose or even to get a good night’s sleep. Excess histamine can also lead to a range of other disorders including anxiety, dizziness, tummy aches, headaches, irregular, painful periods and discomfort with urination mimicking a bladder infection to name just a few of the problems we might encounter when this chemical is surging through our bodies.
There could be a number of reasons for this. We might be consuming too much of this substance found for example in alcohol and other fermented beverages, dried fruits, papaya, citrus fruits, tomatoes, spinach, avocado and seafood. We might not be eliminating it efficiently which is linked with impaired liver function and the toxic bile segment and all its causes. Certain medications like aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, antibiotics and antidepressants are also responsible for raising histamine levels.
To find out if histamine is indeed the culprit a blood test which measures histamine status can provide us with vital information that can help to resolve our biochemical woes. Then rather than take medications that suppress histamine finding the underlying cause might help to provide a lasting resolution.