Small child

Pseudoallergy in children


Pseudoallergy gives similar symptoms to allergies. The problem, however, is not allergens, but histamine, whose excessive production stimulates the supply of certain nutrients. In addition, symptoms in the case of pseudoallergy appear later after contact with the initiating component, hence it is often so difficult to identify the source of the problem. Importantly - the immune system is not involved in the formation of pseudo-allergies, hence the blood test does not give satisfactory feedback. They do not show what products should be excluded from the diet. Skin tests are also just as useless.

Scientists are still not sure about the role of histamine in the human body. Most are willing to claim that it plays the role of poison, which is supposed to remove potential enemies - especially parasites entering the body.

How to recognize psuedoallergy?

One effective way is observation, which is difficult, however, because symptoms usually do not appear immediately after eating food, but after a few or even several hours. When we find a potential product, it should be excluded from the diet and provocative test, checking for an adverse reaction. This is the only way to confirm previous observations.

In the case of chronic urticaria - effects can be expected no sooner than 2-3 weeks after using the new menu.

Contemporary diet and histamine

The problem of histamine and thus pseudo-allergy is associated with the modern diet, which too often leads to uncontrolled bursts of histamine from cells in which it is stored. In addition, many products provide high concentration of histamine, which further overloads the already tired body. The result are symptoms that indicate poisoning of the body.

A healthy person tolerates about 175mg / kg body weight. Meanwhile, a modern diet rich in eggs, silage, canned food, yeast, yellow cheese, wine, chocolate provides histamine with power, which leads to sensitive people with disorders. Citric acid, oxalic acid, malic acid and ubiquitous monosodium glutamate, sugar and even low-sweetening agents such as saccharin and aspartame are also a problem.

What are the symptoms of pseudoallergy?

Pseudoallergy can cause:

  • rash difficult to treat
  • severe headache (often called migraine)
  • drops in blood pressure
  • asthma attacks
  • runny nose, polyps in the nose,
  • gastrointestinal symptoms
  • in pregnant women, even premature uterine contractions.

Where does histamine occur?

Histamine in larger quantities occurs in:

  • ripening cheese,
  • sausages,
  • some fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, smoked herring),
  • veal,
  • beef,
  • spinach,
  • ketczup,
  • Sauerkraut,
  • beer,
  • Red wine,
  • champagne,
  • eggplant.

However, psuedoallergic reactions are mainly caused by food additives, dyes and preservatives. Highly processed foods are usually a problem.