Inhaled allergy and histamine rich food

Hi everyone,It will be my first post.I didn't find any answer on the internet so I'm asking here.Does rich in histamine food impact our inhaled allergy (like allergy for dust, pollen etc…). My doctor didn't say about that but doctors usually knows nothing about diet here in Poland.

If yes could you provide me some reliable site with dietary advices and list of histamine rich food? Regards!


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  • Melissa G

    Hi Emil! Welcome to the AAFA forums! 

    That is a great question. Are you having issues eating certain foods? 

  • Emil

    Indeed I think that's really important question for all people with allergy. If eating histamine rich food can increase histamine level in overall and we in the middle of grass pollination period we will feel terrible.Recently I was eating food rich in histamine and I had breathing problems/bad sleeping etc.. It would be good to have clear statement that People with inhaled allergy can/can't eat such food!

  • StephM

    There's a Swiss organization that works with histamine disorders.  They have information for the public and health care providers in several languages. They have the best list I've seen.  If you have a doctor who reads German, that may be useful. Much of their info is in German.

    This is a journal article you could send to your MD: 

    Interestingly, sulfites may be more of an issue for more people with asthma than histamines.  There is also an allergy to food related to pollen allergies.  But everyone is different!

  • Emil

    Btw my DAO enzyme level is normal. Can I still have histamine intolerance?

  • Shea

    This is all new stuff to me. I jusy read the article StephM posted. So many things clicking for my son and I… Like how sometimes I have reactions to fish, and sometimes ketchup or orange juice makes his mouth itchy and me sneeze, but other tines they don't. I dont think I have a histamine intolerance, just that I have a lot of allergies and thus my "histamine bucket" fills quickly. I dont tolerate foods high in sulfites either. I already have been buying "uncured" abd "no sulfite added" stuff but this extra awareness of foods that contain or release histamine is helpful. Thank you for bringing it to my awareness!

  • Emil

    OK so I have still couple questions Maybe we have here some doctor?Namely:1. Can I still have histamine intolerance when my DAO enzyme level is normal (test from blood was actually higher than normal which as far as I know is ok)2. Can any rich histamine food impact me anyway when I have pollen and dust allergy2a. Could anyone give me site/book when histamine interactions are described?

  • Melissa G

    Emil, we can't give medical advice, but you can fill out this form and see if our can help you. 

    Have you talked to your dr about your questions?

  • Emil

    Thanks @Melissa G I've just fill out the form from Ask the Allergist. I'm also going to Allergist here locally – let's see if both opinion will be consistent. I will put these answers here so anyone will know another opinion on that topic.

  • Shea

    I am not a doctor and completely new to this info, but I did read this and it made sense to me. It says lots of things can cause high histamine levels and another site uses the "bucket" explanation that as you have more and more things raise your histamine levels in your body, the more "allergy-like" symptoms will occur:

    Histamine Levels

    • Allergies (IgE reactions)
    •  (SIBO)
    • GI bleeding
    • Diamine Oxidase (DAO) deficiency
    • Histamine-rich foods

    In addition to the histamine produced inside your body, there are also a variety of foods that naturally contain histamine, cause the release of histamine, or block the enzyme that breaks down histamine, diamine oxidase (DAO). 


    So quick answer, no just because your DAO is normal doesnt mean that your histamine levels are not high and doesnt mean you wont improve from eating less histamine-rich foods or taking antihistamines or finding out your allergic triggers and practicing avoidance techniques. At least that is my understanding and interpretation. But of course– doctors are good resources and often have more tools and knowledge to help create a treatment plan for you. 

  • Shea

    I also found a lot of information here: 

    I screenshot this part since it includes how pollen allergies/ time of year does play a role

  • K8sMom2002

    Emil, have you been able to keep a journal of foods that seem to cause you issues during certain times of the year? 

    That would help your doctor figure out what is contributing to your allergies and asthma. 

    As StephM pointed out, there is such a thing as oral allergy syndrome, also known as pollen-fruit-syndrome. AAFA had a recent blog post about it: .

    Also, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has a good resource about , along with a chart about what foods tend to cross-react with what seasons and pollen.

    Some people can have a more severe form of OAS than others, so could you keep a journal of

    • when your asthma flares up
    • what you eat
    • what the weather is like
    • what your activities that day were
    • what sort of pollen level was in your region

    Remember, too, that pollen can travel a significant distance depending on weather patterns, so what's blooming in your backyard may not be the thing that is causing you issues. 

  • Emil

    Ok I was at the allergologist yesterday. She told me that food shoud have no impact on my allergy. I have low IGe and almost no allergy symptoms. I'm also responding quickly to antihistamines. I have also no food alleegry at all – All tests negative. BTW she were changing her opinion 3 times so…

    My opinon is quite differently – I think that  food have an impact at least in the middle of the pollen season (there is also dust and pollen overlap). But anyway there is not so much food with really high histamine. All aged things are only bad – aged meat, aged cheese.

  • Shea

    Emil, I think that is a good plan. Just being aware that sone foods produce histamine is good to know.

    I swear after eating guacamole last night my allergies were worse. I use very ripe avacados when making it and read those can be high in histamine and right after I ate it I had a sneezing fit. So that was one of my at home tests. I am going to do what K8smom said and note these things. I also needed to vacuum/dust the house and the humidity/pollen/molds are high,  and I have environmental allergies so I think my bucket was full. Today I vacuumed and dusted a few rooms and washed bedroom sheets in hot water so trying to avoid triggers as much as possible. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Emil, while food allergy tests have a high rate of false positives — they can say you're allergic when you're not — they have a LOW rate of false negatives. So if you tested negative on a food allergy test, there's a very good chance that you don't have an allergy to that food.

    If you're still having symptoms, could you continue keeping a journal about what foods make your symptoms worse?