Still itching: time to find the unknown allergen
I’m still struggling with this allergic reaction that started in February. I initially thought it was the Keto rash and tried coming off the ketogenic diet to get rid of it, without success.
I then thought histamine intolerance, so I went low histamine, which cut out a huge amount of staples for me, including my main fat sources. So I added dairy back in.
This full body itch persists, I’m not sure what it is and it just won’t go away!
So I’m redoing my food list. I’m going dairy free again, nut free, caffeine free, as well as low histamine and Keto! It’s going to be tough.
I’m going to see if I can eliminate the itch by identifying the allergen. The doctors just prescribe antihistamines and I was told not to change my diet, but frankly I’m sick of them prescribing bandaid solutions rather than figuring out what the cause is.
It has been months now and I’m still itching. It’s ridiculous!
So now that I’m thoroughly fed up, I’ll take it into my own hands, again, and do my own elimination diet. My meals might end up being very monotonous, but it’s what needs to be done at this point.
I really hope I’ll find the culprit soon, so I can get back to eating a wider variety of foods. If this change in diet does nothing to improve the situation within a few weeks, I will have to insist they refer me to an allergist, because I don’t have the energy to keep scratching… It’s exhausting and frustrating.
I’ll be quite sad if I’m allergic to nuts or dairy, but I’ll be relieved if I can pinpoint the culprit, whatever it is!
I really hope it’s not another symptom of ME/CFS – that would be quite bad, but I guess I will find a way to deal with it, if that is the case.
Have you experienced anything like this before? Just itching – everywhere.
UPDATE: I have since come to the conclusion that I am histamine intolerant and my histamine bucket is simply overflowing, I don’t think I’m necessarily allergic to any one thing, but rather having trouble eliminating histamine that accumulates naturally on food and in the body. You can read more about what my new doctor said here, and find out how I’m reducing the itching as well as the rashes and hives that later appeared, here.