In recent years this disease has been given increased attention. Patients suffering from histamine intolerance show allergy-like symptoms which usually occur after eating certain foods. But allergy tests and the evaluation of other possible causes remain without result. The possibility of histamine intolerance is often not considered.
Today we know that 1-2% of the population suffers from histamine intolerance. It occurs after eating food that contains histamine, and shows allergy-like symptoms. The amazing thing is that in addition to nausea and diarrhea, there are also symptoms that are not linked to the consumed food, for example headache, flushing, skin redness and itching, runny nose, low blood pressure and even heart palpitations.
In contrast to food allergy, the severity of the symptoms depends on the quantity of the supplied food. When consuming histamine-rich foods, the histamine can accumulate in the body and lead to health problems.
Histamine-rich foods are long ripened cheese, sauerkraut and wine. Other foods (e.g. strawberries, tomatoes, spinach and nuts) have hardly any histamine themselves, but encourage histamine release in the body. An investigation into histamine intolerance is possible in the laboratory.