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High Histamine affects Children in Many Ways
High Histamine Levels
Spring is here! YAY, I’m so excited! The flowers are coming up, grass is getting green, and the trees are budding. Along with all wonderful things that come with Spring, there is also the menace of allergies and high histamine levels skyrocketing out of control. That tends to put a damper on all the excitement for those who suffer from allergies. I’ve been desperate for years to find the best allergy relief for my children and I.
Not only am I suffering my share of allergies, but my poor children are suffering pretty badly too. I actually had to call one out of school today and probably for the next few days. My poor baby’s suffering from such high histamine levels and allergic reactions that his eyes are swollen shut and he looks like he has black eyes. For the past 2 years, my 11 year old son has missed school for almost the entire month of March. After trying several over the counter antihistamines last year, Zyrtec and one natural antihistamine has been the only medicines that have brought him relief.
Myself and my children all suffer severe allergies throughout the year with some seasons worse than others. Doesn’t help when your allergic to your own hormones or sweat, which my daughter has recently been diagnosed with too. Thank goodness she does not have the severe reactions because of early diagnosis, various preventions, and natural antihistamines. My youngest boy, who is 8, has a constant runny, stuffy nose all year. My family and I fight multiple allergy and autoimmune battles. If you haven’t read about how high histamine levels can cause autoimmunity, you can read my story for awareness of my condition.
When high histamine is not tested for or properly diagnosed, the levels can eventually cause the body to start recognizing normal substances outside of, or within the body itself, as foreign. This is what happened in my case and we are making every attempt at preventing it from happening to our children. Since I have finally been diagnosed with high histamines and autoimmunity, my husband and I are able to take proper precautions, preventative measures, and watch for certain signs and symptoms in our kids. Unfortunately, allergies and autoimmunity can be passed from parents to children. Blasted genetics! The good news is, that if the allergies and high histamine levels are detected early enough there are many measures that can be taken to avoid further severe allergic reactions and autoimmunity.
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High Histamine Effects
Many people, especially parents, do not know what symptoms to look for within themselves or their children when it comes to getting high histamine levels diagnosed and treated. High histamine effects can be devastating and show a vast array of symptoms. Not only does histamine have to do with an abnormal autoimmune response causing hives, swelling, itching, watery eyes, runny/stuffy nose, asthma, inflammation within the body, etc. Histamines are also a very potent neurological transmitter that control muscle contractions, pain sensory, learning ability, ability to focus, emotions, stomach acid secretion, hyperactivity, insomnia, inner tension, and other functions pertaining to the neurological system and brain. There are 4 kinds of histamine receptors within the body. Histamine receptors are what histamine attaches to, therefore creating an immune response or various other responses within the neurological system. Histamine is found in all cells in the body, meaning that histamine effects can occur anywhere in the body.
H1 histamine receptor- Causes vasodilation, bronchoconstriction, smooth muscle contraction in various muscles throughout the body causing intense burning muscle pain, separation of endothelial cells (responsible for hives), and pain and itching due to insect stings or bites, it is the primary receptors involved in allergic rhinitis symptoms, motion sickness, and sleep regulation.
H2 histamine receptor- Primarily responsible for stimulating gastric acid secretions. (can be responsible for stomach pain, stomach spasms or paralysis called gastroparesis, vomiting, high metabolism, hunger pain, GERD, weight gain or loss due to malabsorption, vitamin and mineral deficiencies).
H3 histamine receptor- Decreased neurotransmitter release: histamine, acetylcholine, norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine (can be responsible for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, inner tension, learning disabilities, ADD/ ADHD, high intelligence level but difficulty completing tasks and focusing, seizures, uncontrollable fits of anger, obsessive compulsive disorder).
H4 histamine receptor- Found primarily in the basophils and in the bone marrow. It is also found on thymus, small intestine, spleen, and colon.
As you can see, high histamine effects can cause symptoms anywhere within the body. The worst-case scenario is a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. This kind of reaction involves malfunction and/or failing of various organs causing the body to go into shock and requires emergent injections of Epinephrine (adrenaline) to counteract the high histamine levels.
Symptoms of Severe Allergic reaction due to High Histamine Levels
Skin involvement may include hives, itchiness, flushing, swelling of the lips, eyes, tongue, face, or throat.
Respiratory symptoms may include shortness of breath, wheezes or gasping, stopping breathing, lung congestion or inflammation, and low blood oxygen that can lead to stroke like episodes or seizures.
Gastrointestinal symptoms may include paralysis, cramping, spasming stomach and/or intestines, stomach pain, diarrhea, belching, bloating, and vomiting.
Due to the presence of histamine releasing cells in the heart coronary artery, spasms may occur with myocardial infarction (heart attack), extra heart beats, pounding of heart, sensation of swelling in heart, dysrhythmia, palpitations, increase in heart rate, or increase in blood pressure.
A drop in blood pressure may also occur resulting in a feeling of lightheadedness and loss of consciousness. There may be a loss of bladder control and muscle tone, and a feeling of anxiety and "impending doom" instant, severe fear of death accompanied by seizures, and/or complete shock.
Histadelia (person with naturally high histamine levels)
I have read a lot about a condition called Histadelia, that, of course, is another one of those that the medical profession fails to acknowledge or test for. It is a condition where one is born with naturally high histamines and can pass it on to their children just like any disease that runs in family history. I truly believe the condition exists based on my own personal experiences and the effects of high histamine in my children. A person with Histadelia is called a Histadelic. These terms are “coined” by only a few doctors and clinics that specialize in histadelia treatments using only natural supplements and natural anithistamines. There has been great success by these few doctors and clinics in treating persons with this “hypothetical” condition. These few doctors’ views revolve around histadelia being an actual medical condition that can be passed down through genetics. Why does the medical profession fail to realize this? I have no clue. Doctors do admit that auto immune diseases can be passed from parent to child and high histamine levels causing allergic responses are considered a form of autoimmunity. Why do they refuse to recognize and test?!
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My Theory on Histadelia
I believe that the condition may not have existed many years ago, but I certainly believe it does now. I believe this because an allergic response usually occurs when one has already had exposure to some form of substance and the body begins to recognize it as foreign, even if it is a substance that is normally found within the body like hormones and sweat. This substance could be anything from anywhere, at any time! A majority of allergies are caused by food, chemicals, insect bites etc. but what about the unusual allergies like the ones that my children and I suffer?
Most people can avoid their allergens but my children and I can’t change the budding trees, control our sweat glands, hormones, pollen, dust, etc. When these things that we can’t avoid begin to compound one another, we suffer pretty severe reactions. Some we can control our exposure to, others we can not. Foods are laden with hormones, chemicals, toxins, that we can’t avoid unless we eat all organic. Good luck with that because we’re far from being able to afford that kind of diet. Almost all store bought laundry detergents are chemical and scented, prescription drugs are derived and then combined with chemicals to patent, most OTC medications are flavored, colored with dyes, and are synthetic chemicals. Most shampoos, conditioners, and body lotions contain toxic chemicals that soak into the skin causing exposure and they contain chemicals, scents, coloring, and most contain parabens. Parabens are a toxin that the hormonal receptors in the body recognize as the hormone estrogen and can contribute to female related cancers, hormonal imbalances, and allergies. It’s one that I have to totally avoid. Almost everything from water to fruit juice is in plastic containers and toxins like dioxin leach into the product over time, especially when frozen or heated in the plastic container.
Reading ingredient labels and research never ends. All of these things add to our histamine load and spiral it out of control. The higher our exposures, the higher our histamines, and this all leads to even more unusual autoimmune responses, including allergies to the our own normal substances within our bodies. Allergies, autoimmune disorders, and various other diseases have been on the rise for the last several years. Doctors are still refusing to believe nor test this to be a cause of major medical conditions. WHY?
This is WHY! (Example)
Most parents take their kids to the doctors as babies if they suffer from colic (gas and stomach aches in babies) and the doctor prescribes stomach meds and/or may have the parents switch formulas that are processed. Later the baby begins developing ear aches and infections, parents take them to the doctor and they are given antibiotics, repeatedly in most cases. Further exposing a baby to toxic chemicals, colorings, etc. Immunization shots, that schools require, contain mercury and toxic substances, along with things to cause an immune response in a baby to build up a resistance to certain diseases.
A few years pass, the child develops asthma symptoms and minor allergies and is put on steroid inhalants and chemical antihistamines. School age rolls around, hyperactivity, inability to focus, and angry fits may kick in, resulting in the teachers calling the parents saying PUT YOUR KID ON DRUGS! Back to the doctor for brain drugs to control your child’s behavior and help them focus in school. The brain is developing but can’t develop properly or produce the proper amount of neurotransmitters because of the prescription drugs given to appease the teachers and control your child’s behavior, focus, and emotions. And while all of this is going on, parents wash their child in soaps, feed them processed, chemically laden foods, lather babies up in lotions for soft skin and the awesome fragrance of “Baby Magic”, wash their hair in shampoos/ conditioners, etc. things that most parents never even think twice about.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Doctors and unsuspecting parents with faith in doctors, are continually adding to the histamine load and eventually a person becomes so overloaded that other strange actions begin taking place within the body leading to various other symptoms, reactions, and/or diseases.
How We Lessen the High Histamine in our Kids
Well , we avoid anything that we possibly can to help keep the already high histamine levels (from things they can’t avoid) at a minimum to avoid further allergic reactions. This is obviously very difficult and takes a lot of time. There are just some things that we can not avoid but we do our best so that our children do not end up having to go through what I have been through. I was very fortunate to get diagnosis of my autoimmunity and know that there are many things that can be done for our children early on to prevent them from ending up like me. We read labels, wash all fruits and veggies well, use all natural soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, avoid toxic chemicals in our yard and home, etc. With this being done in our home we also switched from chemical OTC and prescription antihistamines and started giving them a wonderful all natural antihistamine.
The Difference between OTC Antihistamines and Natural Antihistamines
There is a huge difference in over the counter antihistamines and Natural Antihistamines!
Have you ever heard of the over the counter or prescription medicine called Zantac (Ranitidine)? It’s a very popular stomach medication for stomach pain, heartburn, GERD and increased stomach acidity. It is actually an antihistamine! It blocks histamine from attaching to the histamine receptors located in your stomach and intestines( the H2 receptors). If the Zantac (Ranitidine) works, then obviously a person’s histamine level is too high. Do doctors send us for allergy or histamine testing? No, they just prescribe the medicine, with refills, and send us on our way. Zantac is a band-aid and doesn’t correct the actual source of the problem, which is very obviously high histamine if blocking the histamine receptors stops the stomach symptoms.
Here’s a brief quote of the side effects of Zantac:
“Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or porphyria.
Using ranitidine may increase your risk of developing pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia include chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath, and coughing up green or yellow mucus. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk of developing pneumonia.”
So the stomach pain, GERD, whatever the patients stomach problem, gets better by using Zantac, but let’s say the patient then suddenly develops pneumonia as a side effect. Back to the doctor and antibiotics are prescribed along with another refill for the antihistamine Zantac! Doctors still not running histamine tests, still not CORRECTING the underlying problem, still prescribing more medications for side effects from the other medications that have other side effects, and all of this snowballing into one huge immune system mess.
High histamine levels caused by constant exposures from food, lotions, shampoos, laundry detergents, drugs (OTC and prescription), and more ..... is a MONEY MAKING MACHINE that feeds the mouths of the medical industry and they love people like us!
I’m fully aware of how this machine works, not only with my own experiences but from the experiences we’ve had since our children were born.
The simple fact is, that OTC and prescription antihistmines only BLOCK the histamine receptors. There is still the high levels of histamine floating around in the blood throughout the entire body causing all kinds of various symptoms and causing a person to develop more severe medical issues.
Natural antihistamines actually lower the amount of histamine in the blood, they do not block, they LOWER the level. Natural antihistamines work by balancing the immune system and histamine levels, thus correcting the problem and not just hiding the problem like prescriptions and chemical antihistamines. They help us tolerate the overload from constant uncontrollable exposure and lower our risk of developing further health problems. Histamine is vital for us to be able to function and maintain health but too much histamine literally destroys our bodies from the inside out. Natural antihistamines are one way to correct problems with allergies and high histamine levels. You lower the histamine blood level, the body stops reacting to certain substances and doesn’t start recognizing other normal substances as foreign. They also lessen the internal destruction going on everywhere in our bodies including damage at cellular levels. We have completely switched to natural antihistamines for our children. I ran out a few weeks ago and just reordered.
My poor babies, that will never happen again! My children were completely different before we ran out of the natural antihistamine! They were able to focus in school, they were relaxed, slept all night and fell asleep at decent times, didn’t cry or have fits at the bat of an eye, no arguing, no swelling or hives, and they didn’t fight like cats and dogs. My boys would seriously beat each other to death if we weren’t around to break things up. It was so very peaceful! I ordered four bottles of D-hist Jr. and D-hist and will NEVER run out again. I can’t stand to see my children suffer things like this and think that they may end up like me. Since it has worked so well for my kids’ allergies, I ordered the natural antihistamine for adults as well. So far I’ve been able to avoid anaphylaxis from my hormones but I hope that by lowering my blood histamine level, I’ll make even more improvements.
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We make every effort possible to help our children now and protect them from whatever exposures we can. Various conditions in children like ADD/ ADHD, depression/ anxiety, obesity, anger, learning disabilities, digestive problems have all become socially acceptable by doctors and parents because parents don’t understand what’s really going on inside their child’s body. Parents just expect and except that doctors know what’s best and the drugs they prescribe are the answer. There are so many things that can be done naturally by parents with a little education and research of their own to prevent illness and disease as their children get older.
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