The symptoms of histamine intolerance will normally be felt between a few minutes to a couple of hours after the intake of food high in histamine or foods that cause the release of histamine. However, it is not always so that the same symptoms appear.
Several organs can be affected by histamine intolerance:
the gastro-intestinal tract
the cardiovascular system
the genital tract
Histamine intolerance can lead to life-threatening situations, in contrast to most other food intolerances!
The following symptoms can appear:
migraine / severe head ache
red blotches, "flush"
abdominal pain / Stomach ache / abdominal cramps
diarrhoea / chronic constipation
tachycardia (racing heartbeat)
low blood pressure, drop in blood pressure going as far as fainting
itching, wheals on skin
angioedema (quincke's edema): Rapid swelling of e.g. lips. This can cause respiratory distress!
itchy, red eyes
severe period pains
The administration of antihistamines can alleviate symptoms. You should always consult with your doctor and keep an emergency kit with you at all times!
The following symptoms have frequently been reported by sufferers, although it is not possible to justify them completely on a medical basis:
pressure in the head
pains in the neck area
severe pain in the sinuses
sore throat, feeling of swollen tonsils
tinnitus, buzzing in the ears
tooth ache and pain in the jaw
rough and furry feeling on the tongue
aphthous ulcers in the mouth and other infections in the mouth
cramps in the stomach and/or gut
burning sensation in bladder, similar to bladder infection
tingling in arms and legs, muscle twitching in arms and legs
lack of motivation
Sources Schmutz Helmut (Autor); Abbot, G.; Lieners C.; Mayer, I.; et.al; "Nahrungsmittelunverträglichkeit (Histamin Intoleranz)", Sachbuch, Wien 2006 Jarisch, R. "Histaminunverträglichkeit", Thieme Verlag TB 2. Auflage Jarisch, R. "Nahrungsmittel-Intoleranz", medmix 4/2008, pp 49-52 Masterman, G. "Histamine Intolerance"
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