In April this year, I was walking back from Tesco with groceries and it was a little hotter than usual for April in England. I started to get really itchy and hot. When I get home, I took my shirt off and saw I was covered in hives. My first reaction was: what the actual fuck. I thought it was just an allergic reaction to a new shirt I had bought:
I have a habit of ignoring any medical issue until it either goes away or becomes too acute to be ignored. Since April, every time it got a little bit too hot in the shower or if the Central line was too hot (which during the summer it always was), I would break out into hives. Any room that exceeds 20 degrees celsius is a total gamble.
I've been so confused why this randomly started happening. Was it because I wasn't exercising enough, or not getting enough sleep? Is it stress related? Is it because I've been drinking too much coffee?
I still don't really know. It's probably a combination of the above. But today, I googled 'foods high in histamines' and found the following list:
For context, my breakfast is always either bacon and eggs with spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms, or it's oatmeal made with milk and with mixed nuts added. I also snack on seeds a lot. Also, the only fruits I regularly eat are bananas, apples, and oranges.
I put spinach and tomatoes in pretty much everything I cook - pasta, chilli, sometimes just sauteed as its own side dish.
Look at that list of high histamine containing foods again.
It's like I've deliberately chosen foods that are going to give me hives.
Today marks the first day of me radically changing my diet to cut out all high histamine foods, because I'm really fucking tired of getting itchy the second I get slightly warm.