Symptoms of histamine intolerance are often reminiscent of an allergic reaction with headache, stomach problems and itching. A histamine intolerance test measures the blood concentration of the enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO) needed to break down histamine from various foods.
This is how it works: The test is a blood test and is taken through a capillary sample (prick in the finger) where a couple of drops of blood are taken. The test is carried out by our staff.
Test answer: You normally have an answer within 15 working days after our lab received your test. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test answer, you will receive a detailed report in Swedish about your values.
It is different which and how many or few symptoms you get with histamine intolerance, you can have both milder and more severe. Here are the most common symptoms:
Histamine is found naturally in the body and helps the body fight pathogens and toxins, but in some people the body is unable to break down histamine quickly enough, which causes the inflammation to take over and cause various symptoms such as headaches, stomach problems and itching. This is called histamine intolerance.
Histamine intolerance is due either to too much histamine in the body that cannot be broken down, caused by either overproduction (due to other allergies, bacteria or bleeding in the stomach and intestines) or to an excessive intake of histamine from the diet. It can also be caused either by a deficiency of the enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO) or because the enzyme function is impaired. Then the body can not break down the high level of histamine that is present in the body and histamine reaction is the result. The enzyme diamine oxidase - DAO which breaks down and neutralizes the food's histamine is found in the small intestine. Deficiency of the DAO enzyme may be congenital, due to poor intestinal flora or caused by excessive alcohol consumption. It can also be caused by medications such as painkillers, asthma medications, expectorants, blood pressure lowering medications or antibiotics.
Histamine is a biogenic amine that is a natural substance in the body. Histamine helps the immune system to defend itself against foreign substances. Symptoms of histamine intolerance usually occur immediately after eating foods rich in histamine, but it can take up to two hours before you get noticeable symptoms.
If you are histamine intolerant, it is good to avoid foods that are rich in histamine (see list below), you can also take an enzyme containing diamine oxidase that breaks down histamine in food.
It is important to freeze leftover food immediately after cooking because histamine is formed all the time, both at room temperature and in the refrigerator. The levels of histamine in different foods also vary with the degree of maturity and you should therefore avoid eating mature and fermented foods such as aged cheeses, alcoholic beverages, products containing yeast and fish that are not completely fresh. Avoid or avoid eating canned foods, semi-finished products and ready-made meals.
Foods with high levels of histamine:
Foods such as alcohol (especially red wine and champagne), cheese, seafood, fish and fish sauces, raw and smoked sausages and fruit (especially kiwi, lime, pineapple, mango, plum, papaya, strawberries and citrus fruits). Additives such as benzoate, sulfites, nitrite, glutamate, food dyes and wheat germ and nuts are also so-called histamine release agents. Histamine release is a food that releases histamine in the small intestine.
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.