Hello, I am going through menopause and for the past 2 months now I seem to break out in hives around my neck, breast area, stomach and even arms. I take benedry at night and again in the morning so that the rashes are under control. I don't have night sweats, and occasionally I have some hot flashes--nothing else. I had the FSH test done, so I know I'm in menopause.
Have you ever heard of women in menopause and having itchy rash/hives?? What can I do about I? Thank you!
I hope you are doing better. I am nearly 47 and I've been dealing with terrible outbreaks of hives since late Spring, 2009. Our dropping hormones totally affect the parts of our immune response involved in allergies and the link is documented. You are much more sensitive to things you have never been sensitized to before.
Hives, or urticaria, all over the body is often from ingestion of food or a chemicals in food. I have brand new sensitivities to food which I've never had before and they are causing me hives. I break out in hives from tomatoes, oranges, strawberries, and other acidic foods. I get horrible hives and swelling of my face from pistachios and cashews for the first time in my life. God help me if I eat any MSG, which is in so many foods. I had 3 horrid outbreaks of hives this month before I realized that the Hillshire Farms Beer Brats I at contained MSG.
All of the things I've mentioned I'm now sensitive to are common food allergies to many people. We perimenopausal women are much more sensitive and this is new in history. So many of us having hives during perimenopause hasn't been previously documented, and considering how debilitating many of our outbreaks are, it would have been documented in previous generations if women in generations past had been having the problem.
I am going to avoid all fruit and eat simple foods I recognize like chicken, rice, carrots, greens, potatoes, and the like, all freshly prepared by me. This is a very basic allergy diet. If I don't have relief in the next couple of weeks, I plan to go on hormone replacement therapy.
The only thing that give my hive outbreaks relief even slightly is cortisone cream and cold showers and loose and light clothing. No underwear on top or bottom during a breakout. What a mess for me.
omg i too am getting hives at night time or if i get stressed even just a little i will break out i take benedryl and take cold showers too and they go away i missed only 3 periods in a row so far/but have very irregular cycles now but im 52 and have been tested for menopause/ it all my estrogen levels it is awfull welts itching swelling then just as fast as they come they go /i too cant wear the clothes i want any more if its too hot i break out or too cold i just cant win if you suffer with this take peace of mind your now alone
This disorder is autoimmune progesterone histamine dermatitis. It does not get better with time. There are few medications that work for it and they have side effects, lupron is one my gynecologist mentioned. A true cure and treatment is removal of our ovaries and that will stop the progesterone production.
My Autoimmune Progesterone Histamine Dermatitis was triggered by the drop in estrogen that accompanies perimenopause. My immune system became irritated and began to attack the progesterone with histamine, causing the hives. But the inflammation with this disorder is internal as well as external. It's miserable.
I had an oopharectomy and hysterectomy on the 29th of November and am on an estrogen patch and doing fine.
Please find a caring physician who will look in to your disorder. It is autoimmune progesterone histamine dermatitis. If they go looking elsewhere they are wasting your time and your money. I've been there and done that. I finally switched doctors and got compassionate care with doctors who aren't lazy and closed minded. This disorder is so under the radar and underdiagnosed. It is very common.
There are few options for this problem and surgical removal of our ovaries is the best one. With an estrogen patch, I feel great and I'm in better shape after surgery than I have been for the 2.5 years I've had Autoimmune progesterone histamine dermatitis.
I can relate to everyone of you. I am 65 years old and started having severe hot flashes and hives breaking out on me. Like you, if I drink cold water, take lukewarm showers and not wear tight clothing It does better. I went to an allergist and he said I wasn't allergic to anything. He took the test where they stick you a 100 times. Not allergic to any food or to any other thing. It's so weird. But, if I eat something my body lets me know that. It starts getting itchy and then a hive will break out here and there. I told my family doctor about it and he gave me some cream and it helps. If it keeps on I will have to go to a skin doctor. I am doing the process of elimination thing. Allergy says no allergies, so next will be the skin doctor. Don't know what to do. It's an aweful feeling.
Google autoimmune progesterone dermatitis. You may have developed this from menopause. The drop in estrogen and the continued production of progesterone triggered my allergy to my OWN Progesterone.
Now that I've had a hysterectomy with the ovaries removed, (I"m 4, I do not have the hives with my cycle, but I do get hives still.
My allergist explalined that my body is sensitized and it's going to act up over nothing even when the source is now gone.
Mine have been horrible and stop me from exercising. I've limited my diet and that helps a lot. But I"m not cured even with a hysterectomy. My own diet changes have helped, as have curtailing exertion of any kind. Slow and easy is all I can handle, emotionally and physically.
Go to youtube.com and look at the videos by hivesinfo
I've been following her protocol she got from a doctor and it's working so much. I'm not at 100% but I"m way better. Please look. I'm thrilled I found this young woman.
And one more thing I need to mention. throughout this long journey to getting much better, I found that I had a vitamin D deficiency and low thyroid.
I did not feel better until I got vitamin d3 supplements as my doctor told me to take, and got to the top of the range of normal for my thyroid level. I was in a normal range and I did not get the full relief till I got to the top of the range for normal. I'm grateful for doctors who are smart, who care and who listened to me with compassion.
Oh, and the allergist has me on 2 antihistamines. I've been practicing the diet and taking the medicines for thyroid and vitamin d3 for a couple of months and I just got started on the antihistamines. I never got relief from the hives from antihistamines before, but he's hopeful now what is left will get better now that all the other stuff has helped so much.
Hey, I am so glad I got on this site to read about autoimmune progesterone histamine dermatitis. I am 51yrs old and just in the last month started breaking out in hives/rashes,lip, eye and nose swelling. I thought it was my food. I never ever had allergies to anything until my hot flashes start coming more frequent. I just got a allergy appointment for tomorrow. But I am so glad I at least have an idea what is going on. No mood swings, and no emotional changes yet. I just hope I can get a treatment without using HRT. I had a hysterectomy about 8 years ago, still have my ovaries. Family history of ovarian and breast cancer. Really cancer run on both side of my family. Had been taking black cohosh since early 2011 when the hot flashes started. Also was treated for vitamin D deficiency. Bone density test, cholesterol level all good. Annual exam report was all very good. Hope MD can recommend a treatment that works. Wish me luck.
Ugh! I just turned 40, and according to the doctors have been post menopausal since I had my son at age 35. I haven't had a period since then, unless you count the 3 days that I bled after I delivered my TWINS in July of 2011. Yes, I was post menopausal with an FSH of 70, Estradiol of less than 10 and LH of 56. Still got knocked up.
Menopause hasn't actually been that bad. It's been five years since I've seen a period, which is awesome. And the hot flashes have mainly been relegated to nighttime, so it's not like I'm sitting at work sweating. Though my general body temperature seems to have risen. I never get cold anymore, that's for sure. And my husband works third shift, so I only have to worry about flooding him out of bed on weekends. Plus I've been busy with my son who was a planned blessing and my twin daughters who were a total shock, but are just as cool to have. So my poor brain has not only menopause brain but mommy brain to deal with, so I've been a bit of a disaster there.
But the last month or so, my NECK has been horrid! The hot itchies is what I call it. There isn't any actual redness or rash or anything (well, until I dig at it for an hour), but it's just this horrible, prickly, itchy, hot sensation. Sometimes I get something vaguely similar on my inner arms or stomach, but nowhere near as intense.
I don't know if this matters, but when I was pregnant both times, I developed all these little skin tags all over my neck. I got a bunch with my son, then developed probably another dozen or so when I was pregnant with the twins. It itches worse around those, if that's even possible. Some of those I have itched to bleeding. And sometimes it travels up my neck onto my face.
So I'm going to talk to my doctor about all this craziness and it really helps to read your stories and know that I'm not alone. Maybe I'll print some of these and take them with me, too. Appreciate it, ladies!
First I just turned 39 and for the past 6 months I have been dealing with possible peri-menopause symptoms; hot flashes, occasional night sweats and the weird rash on my chest that shows up right before my period starts and lasts for about 7 days after.
It also said to avoid BC which I took for two months during June & July 2012. Rash did stop during that time but I gained a bunch of weight so quickly no matter what I ate and how hard I worked out. Since I stopped taking it I feel like I am making some progress in reversing that... I hope.
I have been considering Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. That article made me consider that option again. To get a good baseline they wanted me to be off the BC for 6 weeks. My general doctor is against this option but he really dismissed the rash as an allergic reaction to food (which it could be due to sensitivity).
Thanks for the useful info. I have been having hives all over for the past month. Most people said it was due to stress. After a while, I felt it may be linked to menopause and started to google for a link between the 2. I am going for blood test tomorrow to check out the cancer marker too just to be safe. if it is due to menopause, I will try to monitor the triggers. I feel like a monkey constantly scratching. Avoiding medication to monitor and see if it gets better or worse by the day.
You guys are totally awesome! I'm so glad that my lumps and rashes aren't just something that have appeared from nowhere!!!
I'm 44 and have been going through menopause for just over 2 years... I love not having periods!!! The constant heat is ok to manage as long as its not over 30C... that's when I wear ice packs and have a couple of showers a day. I look like that little penguin in the cartoon "Sitting Ducks"!!!
I don't like the constant aches and pains in my joints or the swelling from fluid retention. My chiro says its arthritis. Nothing we can do but mnage the pain. The hives and itching is less manageable than the pain... its awful. The mood swings are under control using herbal and chemical meds and lots of vitamin B And lots of dark leafy greens help alot too.
This is a good couple of years after the topic was first started, but I'm hoping that some of you might get notifications of this message
How are you all going now? After a couple of years, I would hope that something has worked... please share with us newbies! I hope you're all feeling great Thank you!!!
Good to know I am not alone and it's nothing seriously wrong with me other than he inconvenience. I took blood tests for most cancer markers and nothing much showed up. I turned 50 in Jan and have been having hives since last year for the past 6 months. It comes and goes.
As I live in the tropics, it really itches and red angry welts pop up on the body, bum, neck, arm and hands at different times. I feel like a monkey constantly scratching. When I went for a holiday, It was fine.Perhaps it is a combination of stress and menopause for me.
Hi everyone! I experienced unexplainable hives for 5 long, miserable months, all over my face, neck and some on my chest. It was the absolute worst thing I've ever been through! I live on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, so the heat/sun and hives DO NOT MIX!
The doctors had me on so many medications, including steroids. They even did a biopsy and could not figure it out. All they could say was that it was an allergen in my environment and I should take Benadryl. Well I hate taking Benadryl, although I had to take it every single night during the five months. It was the only way I could sleep at all.
I also started having hot flashes around the time that the hives broke out, but the doctors never put the two together. Once I realized the doctors were not going to figure this out and I was no longer going to be a guinea pig for all the medications, I started researching online. I found a chat discussion, similar to this one, with women sharing their stories and I realized that I was peri-menopausal and the hives were related.
Some of the women mentioned Maca powder, which I ran out and bought the next day. I mixed it with water (tasted HORRIBLE- I highly recommend the capsule form) and drank it every morning and night for months. It did help a little, but it didn't stop the hives. Finally, I started taking Bio-identical hormones- Progesterone, and I have not had ANY HIVES SINCE THEN! It's been four months since I've had hives and I am beyond grateful to have my life back. I did ALOT of research before taking the HRT and I believe that bio-identicals are SAFE. I am also taking a lot of natural supplements to support me through menopause, and I practice yoga, eat very healthy, organic whenever possible, use organic skincare products, get lots of rest and live a very healthy lifestyle, as I've come to realize that this is the best way to support myself through the transformation fire of Menopause!
I pray every woman that suffers from hives learns that hormones could be the culprit. Treating the cause, rather than the symptoms, are the only way to heal the imbalance. I believe this is called "Autoimmune Progestorone Histamine Disorder." Most doctors are not familiar, but there is medical research on the subject. Living on this island, we do not have many experts. Thankfully, my family doctor is fairly knowledgeable about hormones, and was willing to prescribe the Progesterone, which I get from Women's International Pharmacy, which has been excellent to work with.
Good luck to you all!
Hello fellow hive sufferers! After two years of seeing immunologists and dermatologists and a lot of suffering and prayer and research I have finally found the cause of the horrific facial and body hives I was having since I was 38. I went to see a specialist doctor at a woman's clinic that specializes in integrated medicine which studies the cause of illness. I was desperate and I was certain it was hormonal as I noticed the hives ame regularly and I was also having night sweats and headaches and felt no sex drive. I was told by my gp my hormone levels were fine but eventually I found this specialist and went to see her as my face kept going bright red and I looked burnt and had wheals and it was such agony. She took one look at my pictures and said its insulin resistance !!! I was shocked but she said she had seen it a lot and especially in women in late thirties. She put me on a special diet avoiding sugar as much as possible and said no snacking at all. I am to have protein at breakfast and regular meals with protein and veg N only a little carbohydrates and fruit after if I want and sugar free yogurt. Insulin resistance occurs when the body decides to stop responding to insulin and so the body glucose levels keep going up during the day Nd the body tried to bring it under control and so send histamines out and hence an inflammation cycle occurs especially at night . I have now been on metformin once a day at breakfast to help slow the process of food conversion to glucose and also am avoiding sugar, all sugar and syrup and anything with it in except sugar free yogurt and drinks with meals. Now I don't even crave sugar and I only started this eight weeks ago. I have lost half a stone and now .hive free and sleep much better. It is amazing !! Try it and see. Look up Eric berg insulin resistance for a good video on u tube on it. I am now feeling my hormones are coming back. What no one realised is that insulin is a hormone and when the body is insulin resistance it keeps producing more and more insulin but the body downstairs respond and so women become deficient in oestrogen and lose libido and have night sweats and start to out on abdominal weight. I am taking some oestradiol gel which I rub on twice a day to help my body recover. In time , three or four months I should be able to reverse the insulin resistance completely!! Had I not gone to this specialist is would have ended up diabetic in a few years !! I am astounded at the difference ! Plesse please stop eating sugar and increase protein and the hives will go!!! My specialist is Miss Whitcroft at The Surrey woman's clinic in Guilford in the UK but there are lots of these specialists dealing with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance throughout he world. Older Gps don't know about it. God bless you all x
Hello my fellow menopausal/hives suffering women.
My history is long and I determined several years ago that I am progesterone poor and have been most of my adult life. Fast forward to last summer when I started taking birthcontrol pills to help with heavy bleeding that led to a blot clot in my left lower calf within about a week and a half on the pill. I had to go on anticoagulant that led to me almost bleeding to death due to heavy cycle bleeding and an emergency ablation to stop that. At that point in time at 53 my gyno said I wasn't even 5 mins in menopause.
In January I started having regular hot flashes, even during the day, all new for me. Previously I had hot flashes only about a week before my period and they were not severe, also poor sleep then once my period started everything went back to normal. In January I started having hot flashes almost every night and during the day as well. A couple of patches of rash showed up on my left lower leg. I should mention the anticoagulant I was on was Xarelto, if any doctor suggests this med, tell them NO in no uncertain terms. I had horrible side effects including becoming numb to both hips and both shoulders before my doctor finally took me off of it as well terribly stomach pain, bloating and rapid weight gain. Woo Hoo. I stopped that med in Sept and since it is fat soluable it could still be resident in my kidneys and liver. A couple of weeks after the rash and hot flashes started I started getting hives. I have never had eczema or rashes in my life, nor hives. The hives came and went the rash hung around and then went away and then hives became quite severe and I ended up in Urgent Care in March with 75% of my body covered and miserable. was put on 6 day run of prednisone, and I finally got in to see a derm in April who told me I had chronic Urticaria and that he couldn't give me a specific reason, nor when it might end. He switched me from Claritin which I take for sinus allergies to Zyrtec telling me that it would better treat the hives. I went from 1 to 2 a day and the hives got better. I had basically the lower part of my legs having hives on and off but not bad and that horrible spreading rashy thing that goes with the hives. I did fine until July rolled around and started having a horrible flare that had me at Urgent Care twice, on 3 day runs of prednisone 3 times and me searching frantically online about a condition called mast cell activation syndrome. It's rare and hard to diagnose, no cure and it is a lifelong thing that can have flares repeatedly. The only treatment is massive doses of Zyrtec and Zantac, which coincidentally is how they treat chronic hives. I also find a diet when I googled chronic hives diet and learned even more about histamine and food. I was already on an elimination diet, not doing sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol, and very little processed foods.
I was still doing many of the foods on the list and didn't realize that anything fermented was the devil for hives. histamine is produced in the stomach and so if you are adding foods high in histamine it just increases the load. what I can say is that I have eliminated a lot of the inflammation in my body, my joints feel great, my flexibility has increased, my GI issues have resolved, but hives continue unabated and in fact are worse than ever right now. I am now up to 4 Zyrtec a day and still my body is chewing through that at a rate that is unbelievable.
I saw an allergist on Monday who said not to take anymore Zyrtec a day that anything over 4 is ineffective. We can't do a poke test because I can't be off the antihistamine and in reading more online and what I know personally about food reactivity, the poke test won't show reaction just allergy. I have noticed that since the elimination diet I haven't been having as many hot flashes, I'm not sleeping more than 2 hours a night because I am so itchy and out of sorts and so that could be what is causing my fuzzy, lack of concentration issues. Last night I ended up urgent care with swelling in my lower legs that was causing my toes to turn blue and my legs, back of hands, both sides of hips and two spots on either rib cage looked like someone had taken a blowtorch to them and burnt the heck out of them. The doc last night asked if anyone had done any auto immune testing yet and when I said no and had asked repeatedly and been told that what I was showing didn't look auto immune she said don't you think it would be better to test for that so that at least we can eliminate it if it turns out not to be the cause? I was in tears that was what I was asking for all along.
I'm in great shape, I teach yoga, I walk every single day, I lift weights twice a week, I work for a health club. I have normal stress, mounting medical bills and debt from those have me stressed but the bigger stress is not knowing what the heck is going on with my body. I am now in a 15 day run of prednisone, that drops down in increments in the hopes that it will help my immune system calm down enough to allow the new meds my allergist prescribed to take effect. I am now on Zantac 150 mg twice a day and Singular once a day. As the nurse who saw me last night explained, she had hives for a year due to stress and the Zantac/Zyrtec combo works wonders as does the Singular. The Zantac stops the stomach from over producing the histamine and then allows the antihistamine to do it's job, it's why the 4 I'm taking a day can't keep up, my stomach is over producing big time. Even with the low histamine diet it's still going crazy. The Singular I guess helps with H2 blocking as well and it has helped my sense of heavy or labored breathing I sometimes get when walking up hills.
I firmly believe this is hormonal related from menopause, I can't tell you how many women have told me they suffered with hives during menopause. I know my thyroid is slow, has been for 14 years and I have been on the same dose of synthroid for 14 years with blood tests every year to check the levels. My naturopath checked my hormones confirming I am in fact in menopause and my thyroid for hasimottos and they came back negative. I am waiting to hear about what the blood tests show for the auto immune possibilities and just got off the phone with my allergist explaining everything I had been through since I saw him on Monday. He says that I have vascular issues, which I know, I have several spots with broken blood vessels and mentioned maybe having to talk about compression socks. Oh joy, doesn't compression yoga pants count? I think so since i normally wear them often. With the hives and summer I have been trying to wear loose and shorts to keep the itch factor down. So after we get all this crap under control I may end up having to see a vascular specialist because the allergist says the hives may be causing the swelling but that isn't something normally that happens... I am anything but normal anyway so all bets are off. Menopause, you know if men had to go through this, they would be researching the heck out if and finding all sorts of breakthroughs, all that seems to be happening is that a group of folks wants to legislate my vagina but not help keep me healthy, thanks for that by the way.