Histamine Intolerance from stool RP
Histamine intolerance from Faces.
The stool test for histamine involves determining the level of histamine in the stool. Histamine is a substance in the body that falls under the category of biogenic amines. Examples of other substances in this category are tyramine and adrenaline.
When there is an abundance of histamine in the body, enzymes in the intestines, liver, spleen and kidneys ensure that it is broken down properly. Histamine is broken down in part by the enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO), when there is a deficiency of this, histamine cannot be broken down fast enough.
The intestines ensure that the right amount of histamine enters the blood. In case of histamine intolerance the intestines can no longer regulate this themselves and there is either too much or too little histamine in the blood. This can cause different types of complaints.
The most common complaints with an increase of histamine in the intestines are:
- intestinal complaints, especially diarrhoea
- skin problems itching or red, blotchy skin
- hot flashes
- irregular heartbeat or rapid pulse, cardiac arrhythmia
- runny nose
- respiratory problems, tightness of the chest
- muscle cramps
- low blood pressure
- or even anaphylactic shock
Histamine is formed by mast cells, basophilic granulocytes, thrombocytes and certain neutronene.
Histamine acts in inflammatory reactions and wound healing. It also performs the function of a neurotransmitter for the wake and sleep rhythm. Histamine is the main mediator of allergic reactions.
Results within 10 working days after receipt at the lab.
For this test you should stop taking antihistamines for at least 2 days (better 4 days), if you are taking them. Never do this without consulting your doctor.