Histamine, Antihistamine and Allergy Information and Resources: What
They Are, How They Work and How They
Relate To Meniere’s Disease Symptoms
Histamine: why worry about histamine?
You have heard the term "antihistamine" (it means "against histamine")
very frequently. A great deal of time and energy are spent trying to
control it. Why? Because in large quantities it can cause a lot of
problems such as edema (swelling) heart failure and even, occasionally,
If you understand even a little of how
it gets "raised or activated" you will respect its nature and its
actions. Most of us fear it, but in reality, it is a very major
important protective mechanism of your body. So this section on
histamine and Meniere's Disease is a part of an overall view devoted to
allergies and reactions and how they may relate to Meniere's Disease.
This histamine section
and how it relates to Meniere's Disease
contains many links to safe sites and a lot of objective information.
But know that the information is written in very simplistic terms. I
want to make this information easy to understand. I feel if you
understand something, you won't shy away from it, but rather use it
Histamine: What It Is, How It Works And How It
Relates To Meniere’s Disease Symptoms
This article explores what histamine is,
how it works and how it relates to Meniere’s Disease symptoms: balance & hearing.
Histamine is a chemical found in each
and every cell of your body. It is released in response to a need in one
or more cells to keep you from harm. That is one of your body’s
responsibilities. Mosby says “it is released in an allergic inflammatory
reaction”, meaning your body is trying to protect you from “something”.
Histamine Definitions and Related Links
Histamine has far reaching effects.
Anyone who has ever dealt with allergies is always on the lookout for
the cause of increased histamine levels. That is what anaphylaxis is all
about. It’s what you are always trying to prevent! I doubt that many
people outside of the medical community know what it does and how it
affects your body: why you do need to know about it. Toward the end I
will comment on the “histamine diet”.
Here is one very important underlying
idea. Nothing EVER happens in your body without a cause. And every cause
has an effect: one or more (signs & symptoms).
Allergies & Intolerances
The difference between Allergy and Intolerance
ALLERGY is used to describe those cases
in which the adverse reaction to a substance occurs almost immediately,
usually within an hour. The reaction is obvious and often quite violent,
for example, developing a rash or hives after eating berries or being
violently sick after eating shellfish. True allergies are quite rare.
They affect only a small percentage of the
population and most often develop during childhood.
SENSITIVITIES or INTOLERANCE'S on the other hand, affect a great number
of people and develop at any time of life. The symptoms of food
intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact,
the reactions are usually delayed by many hours, or even many days. For
example, the bread eaten on Monday could be the cause of Thursday's
joint pain. It is these delayed reactions which make the detection of
the culprit foods a most difficult task without the help of expert
Resources for Additional Histamine, Allergies and
There are many, many sites to explore on
histamine, allergies, and anaphylaxis. It is well worth spending some
time thinking this through and discovering your own personal opinion. It
affects each and every person in some way. On this page I have included some
definitions and resources with links so you can start your own search.
Anaphylaxis and Meniere's Disease
Anaphylaxis represents a “state of protection”. Essentially that means your
body is protecting you against something that has just entered it. Something
that will upset the wellbeing of your entire body. We are not talking about
a little cut or a bruised elbow. This can be a life threatening situation.
Over the last 8
years, it has become increasingly apparent that Meniere’s is not a disease.
“Something” is irritating or putting pressure on your balance and or hearing
nerve(s). What it is is unknown until start to you investigate.
Your hearing nerve gives symptoms to do with a complete lack of hearing to
horrible disabling noises…and, again, anything in between. It all depends on
the intensity of the “intruder”. In each case, there has to be an intruder.
So I always teach people to look for the underlying cause(s). There has to
be one or more.
Your body is continually trying to protect you. Always!
Naturally! In the case of an anaphylactic reaction, the body is trying to
protect you from a systemic invasion. In the inner ear, it is trying to
protect you from a localized invader.
Sinus Medications for Meniere's Disease Helping You or Hurting You?
It’s normal for people to treat sinus problems with all sorts of remedies:
drugs, sprays, and other treatments, including saline (salt) washes. The
point is that you want to get rid of the symptoms. If you choose to use
sprays or drugs, you should be aware of a “dark side” to this treatment and
it is the results of something you do with the best of intentions. The dark
side is a term called “rebound”.
We also believe that over the counter medications aren't really medications.
So you rationalize that there is no harm in taking them...and as they are
harmless, but work well,
taking more isn't a problem...Right? Wrong! Taking more could do one or two
things: make the situation worse or make the whole effort useless. At this
point I am speaking mainly about nasal decongestants and allergy products.
These are products to help you breathe better when your nose and eyes are
irritated and you just can't stand it any longer. So you reach for the
sprays or the tablets.
Your Immune System: Delicate Yet Critical
This article covers
the Immune System in great detail. How it serves you and why you need
to keep it healthy. This is of particular interest to anybody suffering
from Meniere's Disease, since a Meniere's sufferers immune system is under
a great amount of stress.
Reflecting On Chemicals Going Into Your
Body. Some of These May Be Behind Your Meniere's Disease Symptoms.
What we don't
seem to get is that any kind of chemical might be a problem. And that
could include your medications! This article will help you to
learn and recognize that chemicals come in many different forms and
different disguises. Your body has its own set, and anything you
want to add must be in "sync" with its needs. Chemicals can easily enter
your body via the mouth, nose, ears, skin, and eyes, even your
hair shaft. But they are still entering your body.