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. I have included some
definitions and resources with links so you can start your own search.
“An allergy is an exaggerated
immune response or reaction
to substances that are generally not harmful”
“You may have heard about anabolic
steroids, which can have harmful effects. But there's another type of
steroid - sometimes called a corticosteroid - that treats a
variety of problems. These steroids are similar to hormones that your
adrenal glands produce to fight stress associated with illnesses and
injuries. They reduce inflammation and affect the immune system.”
You may need to take corticosteroids to treat (Read
Allergic reactions to medication (image)
“to the drug these antibodies cause
release of histamines. If severe, this reaction
can result in a ...”
Medline Medical Encyclopedia:
this is a very interesting and comprehensive look at how the body
The immune response is how
your body recognizes and defends itself against bacteria, viruses, and
substances that appear foreign and harmful to the body.
An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance that's
harmless to most people. But in someone with an allergy, the body's
immune system treats the substance (called an allergen) as an invader
and reacts inappropriately, resulting in symptoms that can be anywhere
from annoying to possibly harmful to the person.
In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system of the allergic
person produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Those
antibodies then cause mast cells (allergy cells in the body) to release
chemicals, including histamine, into the bloodstream to defend against
the allergen "invader."
It's the release of these chemicals that causes allergic reactions,
affecting a person's eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or
gastrointestinal tract as the body attempts to rid itself of the
invading allergen. Future exposure to that same allergen (things like
nuts or pollen that you can be allergic to) will trigger this allergic
response again. This means every time the person eats that particular
food or is exposed to that particular allergen, he or she will have an
Occurrence of sulfites
Sulfites occur as a result of fermentation and are found in:
A variety of cooked, processed and baked
Dried fruits, canned vegetables,
guacamole and maraschino cherries
Condiments, jams, gravies, dehydrated or
precut or peeled potatoes, molasses, shrimp and soup mixes
Beverages such as wine, beer, hard
cider, fruit and vegetable juices, and tea
Processing of food ingredients including
beet sugar, corn sweeteners and gelatin can also generate sulfites.
Sulfites also occur naturally in a
number of foods such as maple syrup, pectin, salmon, dried cod, corn
starch, lettuce, tomatoes, soy products, eggs, onions, garlic, chives,
leeks and asparagus. ….
Sulfite sensitivity should not be
confused with sulphates or with sulfur drugs. Patients with sulfite
sensitivity should avoid all forms of sulfite.
Julie McNairn, MD, an
states "There can also be a feeling of impending doom," or as Dr.
McNairn’s patients have described, “severe anxiety or feeling very
nervous.” In another spot she states “These symptoms usually occur
almost immediately after exposure to the allergen, but the anaphylactic
reaction will sometimes not become full-blown until hours later.” How
often have I heard these descriptions!!!
By Karin Henderson - Nurse, Retired.