I have a ton of drafts for my blog that I keep planning to complete. I am going to publish some incomplete posts that hopefully still have some relevant info since I am unlikely to do the editing I would like to before posting.
Since I got sick I have had some allergic-like reactions that don't seem to be true allergic IgE reactions. They usually consist of burning eyes, a swollen tingly face, some dizziness, and a stuffy nose. Sometimes my lips and tongue are swollen but I never feel like I can't breathe at all (at least, not more than I do normally.) It took me a long time to figure out the pattern as it seemed random.
I appear to be having problems with high histamine foods. I finally figured it out after I had another reaction to smoked salmon, one of my favorite foods even though I can't enjoy it on a bagel with cream cheese any more. I react worse to smoked fish than I do to mold. I also react some to dark chocolate and tomatoes. Histamine levels are the one thing I see that tie the foods together and it fits well with the mast cell reactivity theory but I am always open to other explanations. I don't feel well when I drink wine but there are multiple potential causes for that.
Soooo... I am trying a low histamine diet. It's tough for me to combine with paleo (no more avocado or smoked fish!) but it's nice to have a clear nose and a less swelled face. Eventually I will try out some of the potentially high histamine foods so that I am not restricting foods needlessly. Lots o' links below and there may be a more-organized post in the future.
Da man Chris Kresser talks about histamine intolerance
research article on histamine intolerance
That paleo guy talks about histamine being a problem for some paleo peeps:
Individual with histamine intolerance
Note: Avocados and spinach are somewhat high and smoked meats are very high. Fish and meats have to be very fresh.
I like this summary of a low-histamine diet from an individual with CFS and MCAD
Overview of a restricted diet for Mastocytosis
http://www.mastocytosis.ca/symptoms.htm / http://www.mastocytosis.ca/MSC%20HT%20Restricted%20Diet%20Nov2012.pdf
Good overview article
Testing sensitivities to other chemicals: