Do you restrict certain foods from your diet to avoid diarrhea, gas, and bloating? Do you have to take daily allergy pills year round or during cedar season? Do bug bites swell and itch for days and days? Are you experiencing headaches, fever, rash, digestion issues, fatigue, sneezing, watery & itchy eyes? You could be suffering from seasonal allergies, food allergies, or histamine intolerance.
Using The Infinity Way™, we get to the root of your allergy and histamine symptoms with comprehensive testing and a personalized wellness plan. Our functional medicine doctors take your unique medical history and symptoms into account to create the most effective plan for you. Read on to learn more about allergy and histamine management.
Allergy & Histamine Symptoms
Like many conditions, allergy symptoms can present differently for everyone. It can affect a person’s eyes, nose, skin, digestion, blood pressure, respiratory system, behavior and mood, or a combination.
The most common Allergy symptoms we see and support are:
- Recurring rashes
- Hives or Eczema
- Headaches & Migraines
- Frequent allergy symptoms: runny nose & congestion, itchy & watery eyes, sneezing
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Blood Pressure issues
- Trouble breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Irregular menstruation
What is Histamine?
Histamine is a naturally occurring chemical found primarily in mast cells in the body. It is a neurotransmitter and plays an important role in helping us heal from injuries. Histamine is also a natural component of many foods, a vital part of the immune and nervous systems, and plays an important role in inflammation. Certain plants and animals produce histamine, which can create the reactions we are familiar with: swelling, itchy skin, gastrointestinal issues, flushing and redness, trouble breathing, etc.
A regular amount of histamine is a vital part of our immune response. But too much histamine can cause additional issues.
Causes of Allergies and Histamine Reactions
Patients with allergies are very familiar with their body’s histamine response.
With environmental irritants (pollen, dander, etc.) histamines generally use the nasal passages to rid the body of offending allergens. This happens through a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.
Food intolerances cause histamines to work in the gut to trigger a response with symptoms like nausea, cramping, skin redness/flushing or elevated heart rate.
Histamine released after insect bites or exposure to certain plants can result in itchy skin rashes or swelling and breathing difficulties.
These are all natural, effective responses by the body to protect itself from perceived threats.
Apply to become a patient here to begin The Infinity Way™ and find Allergy symptom relief.
Difference between Allergies and Histamine Intolerance
Allergy symptoms occur when we come into contact with things that produce immune responses within our body: bug bites, pollen, dairy, fish, peanuts, dander, and more cause our body to defend itself by switching on the histamine to get rid of the perceived “toxin”. This is not the same as Histamine Intolerance, which can have very similar symptoms, but be ever present in our daily lives even when we are not being exposed to allergens.
Why does Histamine Intolerance happen to some people? Healthy bodies naturally produce a digestive enzyme called diamine oxidase (DAO). DAO helps to break down the histamines we take in from food. When our body is low on DAO, we can’t break down the normal amount of histamine we take in from a regular diet. And this cause histamine levels to build up and cause an overload: This is known as histamine intolerance and has several causes, including genetics.
Causes of Histamine Intolerance
Genetic variants on several genes, including the AOC1/ABP1 gene and the MTHFR gene, can affect the production of the DAO enzyme. This leaves the body unable to effectively break histamines down.
Left unchecked, histamines then build up and cause symptoms often misdiagnosed as food allergies, diseases of the GI tract, and others. Patients can be frustrated when typical treatments for those conditions don’t eliminate the symptoms. This is often the case when histamine intolerance is the cause.
To further complicate things, certain medications, which can inhibit DAO production, and diets that are naturally high in histamines can make problem worse. This is because some medications and foods lead to even higher histamine levels in people who can’t break it down efficiently.
Genetic testing through Infinity Wellness Center can identify whether you have these variants. Or if histamine intolerance might be the cause of your symptoms.
Natural Allergy and Histamine Remedies
Functional medicine can support you and/or your kids on your Allergy and Histamine journey with natural solutions. Our team uses our proven process, The Infinity Way™, to reduce symptoms through thorough testing, proper nutrition, supplementation, and enhancement of the microbiome.
Every patient presents a unique set of allergy symptoms and requires a custom support plan for relief. For many patients, a routine of supplements that support immune functioning and digestion, regular rinsing with a neti pot, and homeopathic options can provide longer relief than over-the-counter antihistamines. Some patients require more in-depth testing and solutions to resolve histamine overload and low DAO production.
Find Relief through Functional Medicine
You don’t have to suffer in silence from allergy symptoms anymore!
If you have been suffering from:
- Recurring rashes
- Hives or eczema
- frequent allergy symptoms
- gastrointestinal issues
- blood pressure issues
It’s time to figure out if you have a histamine intolerance. Let’s talk about genetic testing, supplementation and nutritional counseling! We want to set you on the path to wellness
Infinity Wellness Center
Austin, Texas 78748
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