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Histamine and Allergies

Histamine and Allergies

 

Histamine is an essential protein that is involved in various allergic reactions. Allergies are caused by an auto immune response to certain substances that comes in contact with lymphocytes that is specific for that particular antigen. In most cases, the mast cells are triggered. In this reaction, a free floating IgE molecule specific to the antigen attacks the receptors on the surface of mast cells. The binding of the antigen triggers the mast cells to respond which often includes the release of histamine.

This neurotransmitter is related to AdreCor, ExcitaPlus, and NorLox.

 

Role of Histamine in the Body

Histamine plays a vital role in immune responses. It regulates the acid production in stomach and mediates allergic reactions. The latter role usually gets the bad comments and issues that we usually read about.

 

Purpose of Histamine

  • Histamine is released as a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances necessary for cells to communicate properly. They amplify, relay and modulate electrical signals between the neurons and other cells.
  • Histamine is also released during orgasm and has been connected to the sex flush among women.
  • On the other hand, men with increased histamine levels may suffer from premature ejaculation.
  • Histamine also plays an important role in modulating sleep.
  • Patients with schizophrenia often have low levels of histamine in the body. Such condition may be resulted from the anti-psychotic medications. In this case, histamine levels are increased to help improve their health.

 

Histamine and Food

Histamine and other amines can be found foods or develop after storage and processing. This is quite common in fermented foods and sometimes even during normal cooking procedures.

 

Symptoms of Histamine-Related Food Allergies

  • Profuse sweating
  • Flushing of the face
  • Fainting
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Palpitations
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hives, rash, urticaria
  • Asthma attack
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches and migraine attacks

 

The reactions are usually abrupt, maybe during or after meal. If left untreated, the reaction may last for about 24 to 48 hours.


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