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I don't have night sweats, some hot flashes, but this one weird thing: HIVES & RASHES---itchy rashes. I get them mostly at night around my neck area, sometimes on my breasts and/or stomach. I take benedry for it. Some of my friends get this too. My sister in law had it for 5 months. Has anyone ever gone through what I'm going through? I need answers--depress here. Thank you
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replied January 2nd, 2010
Menopause and skin rash/hives
My wife is beginning menopause and about six weeks ago she noticed a rash/hive type thing under her arms. Here six weeks later it is now spreading to her breasts and further up her arms. She is going to see the dermatologist ASAP since it is spreading. Any other advice?
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replied January 2nd, 2010
I think mine is from menopause. When she sees the dermatologist, ask her to tell her doctor about her harmones. You can research menopause and hives and many women get it. I will not go on HRT, but will try natural stuff. Also, stay away from foods that produce histamines, like foods with vinegar and tomatoes, etc... you can research "foods with histamines"---and I went to my chiropractor who gave me some herbs to try naturally. The hardest thing you can do, and it helped my friend is take predasone (spelling, sorry--it's a steriod) and/or a shot of cortizone. You can take benedry too, but please let me know what her doctor says. I'm interested in knowing. My doctor called it "dermagraphia" because you can scratch a word on your arm and within 10 minutes it will appear in hive form--- Thanks
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replied February 11th, 2010
Rash?
I too have now had a rash for about 6 weeks and have been to 2 doctors and dermatologist. I have taken 2 rounds of the prednasone (steriod) It helps, but as soon as I take the last one, it comes back. I have decided to see a GYN and I am hoping she can tell me more about rashes that occur pre-menapause. I am just now starting to have problems with my cycle. I have blood work drawn and tested 3 times and everything comes back normal.
Perplexed??
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replied March 16th, 2010
I also have a rash since Dec. I have been to 4 doctors, dermatologist and allergists.
No help! Blood work all normal. I turned 50 today and of course today is one of my worse days with the rash. Even my ears hurt. But I have a new problem with red wine, the sulfite.. I am also read that it is in the bread I eat and the dry fruit I eat. I am going to another doctor today. In the mean time I use neem oil in my bath, It does help some. Good luck to us!!!!
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replied March 16th, 2010
hi i am also going through pre-menopause and i been getting this rash in my inner thigh its awful pants makes it worst i call my gyn and she said if it continues i have to see a dermatologist ..but why this is coming from menopuase i know is so bad that i am so stress out.
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replied April 10th, 2010
I feel so relieved to hear others are experiencing the same things I am... I am 53 yrs old. In December I quit having my period. Also, in December, I developed a painful, itchy rash on both my shoulders. The rash now, four months later, is around my neck and runs down my left arm. Cortaid gives some relief as does an anti-histamine, but only for a short time. I haven''t had any other menapausal symptoms, so guess I will count myself lucky.... lucky, but still ITCHY!
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replied June 3rd, 2013
How long did this end up lasting for you? Are you over it yet? Did you find relief and how? Are you still pretty convinced that it is related to menopause?
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replied April 21st, 2010
i am going on 8 mo. of hives, i am turning 52. i see an allergist regurly and he has tested me for auto immune diseases and all came back clear. he said what i am suffering from is hormones (the change, menapause, peri-menapuse) it is called mast hystamines and he sees it all the time in women going through this stage of there life. so, i am seeing a bio identical doctor and having all the hormone levels in my body tested to balance them out and hopefully, hopefully this will help with the hives...im tired of being on antihistimens and dealing with this...please write me if you want...
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replied July 1st, 2012
Hi, did you have your skin issue fixed by seeing a bio identical doctor and test your body hormones. I am experiencing your problem now. Thanks for your reply.
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replied July 4th, 2012
Skin hives
Hi, Did you have your issue fixed? I am experiencing your skin hives now, very frustrated. Please reply and help me. thanks a lot.
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replied October 22nd, 2014
I have hives and I have basically gone through menopause. I am over them. I get them in my ears, around my eyes. Is an awful feeling and I don't know what to do. I was told previously that it is just stress but I don't believe this anymore. It has something to do with your inner health. I have just started reading everyone's reports and is very interesting. Be interesting to see what my doctor tells me next week. Years but I had hives everywhere I mean internally and externally. I was just one big BLOTCH. I popped antihistimines on a daily basis and then they left me. Now they are back again internally and externally but not as near as bad as before. I am appreciative of anyones help
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replied July 25th, 2010
Hives and Menopause
Hi, my mom developed hives a few days ago and after several trips to the hospital was left with tons of medicine but no answers. After doing research online we are starting to make the connection with menopause. A lot of menopause symptoms are matching up with what she is experiencing. Which leaves us with many questions: how long will this last? will the doctors be able to do anything to help? is there anything we can do at home to prevent this awful rash?
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replied February 2nd, 2011
I discovered that that these rashes are related to peri-menopause after suddenly getting them on both underarms. This is quite a shock as you end up changing how you dress to cover up. I am about to turn 50 and don't have night sweats. I have also developed some slight food allergies which I never had before but were confirmed with tests. I have found that drinking half a teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) in half a glass of water helps to quickly ease any itching. Also wiping the underarm with diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide dries up the rash over a few days. I had read about this on a natural health site and it does work. Hope this helps.
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replied February 4th, 2011
Rash and Menopause
I have a rash at the crease of my right thigh and pubic I've been using Johnson & Johnson No More Rash 3-in-1. The tube in Blue. It soothes the problem try it. It may work for you.
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replied February 24th, 2011
This can be related to hormones due to the flux caused by perimenoopause and menopause. Unfortunately many hormone doctors are unfamiliar with the stress combination of this and the Adrenals and rather then looking for the cause and reblancing the body naturally they simply pass you to the dermatologist or say that it's stress. This is fixable we shouldn't have to live with it any more then any other hormone symptom. I've been working with natural hormone balancing in my patients and have worked with women who have had this without drugs.
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replied August 20th, 2011
Menopause and itchy rashes
I have the same itchy hives rash and am in menopause. My doctor did just recently find that I am low on 2 very important hormones, which I am receiving treatment for.

One of the treatments is for the skin and comes in a cream. I don't have it yet, but will post the name when I receive it later this week. My insurance has to approve it before I can get it. I currently take OTC Allegra or Zyrtec for the rash.

"Edited for update"
I recently was tested for allergies. They tested me for everything possible in IL and I only had a reaction to dog, cat, ragweed, and dust mites. I am taking my Zyrtec daily now. It has caused me to have "dry eye syndrome" so if it isn't one thing it's another. The dry eyes make me see everything all blurry. : ( But the hives were driving me crazy. ; )
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replied December 14th, 2011
Hives triggers
I've been doing my best to identify triggers in the hopes of preventing the outbreaks. So far, I've found two definites, and wanted to share, in case anyone out here has similar issues. The first is Downy fabric softener. If I so much as TOUCH something that was washed with Downy, I break out. I think it's the mold inhibitor, but am not quite sure. Funny thing is that if I wash my hands quickly, the hives die down. The second trigger is tomato paste, sauce, etc. I can eat a slice of tomato, but the concentrated stuff, like what's in spaghetti sauce, on pizza, etc., makes the hives flare up horribly. Hope this info helps someone! If I come up with any more, I'll share again.
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replied December 14th, 2011
..and along with the hotflashes...I HAVE HIVES!!! I have to take benedryl every day!! (also keep benedryl cream for times when I can't fall asleep, llike on the job.)
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replied April 10th, 2012
Thank for all the emails regarding RASH DUE TO MENOPAUSE. It has been 8 months with no connections except the only thing different with myself is I am going thru menopause. I asked all the doctors if this could be related (5-6 doctors in the past 8 months) I went to a holistic store and the nice woman behind the counter offered immune builders and a herb....she was so right!! I should of stayed with her and worked thru the "RASH" I had so many tests and just thinking about what had changed with me....I should of known better!! My health history was never a rash! Thank you everyone for giving me the end result once I found this site!!!!
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replied April 10th, 2012
MENOPAUSE AND RASH
Thank for all the emails regarding RASH DUE TO MENOPAUSE. It has been 8 months with no connections except the only thing different with myself is I am going thru menopause. I asked all the doctors if this could be related (5-6 doctors in the past 8 months) I went to a holistic store and the nice woman behind the counter offered immune builders and a herb....she was so right!! I should of stayed with her and worked thru the "RASH" I had so many tests and just thinking about what had changed with me....I should of known better!! My health history was never a rash! Thank you everyone for giving me the end result once I found this site!!!!
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replied April 19th, 2012
hives after my hysterectomy
OMG! Just had a hysterectomy on the 28th of March 2012. On Apr 11 ( the day my period would've started) - I started to become itchy on my palms only. By the next day - hives everywhere - it got worse by Friday. I saw my GMD, she gave me prednisone and benadryl. By Sat I was in the ER. More prednisone and this time with zantac. The hives have gone down but I can feel that they want to come out at anytime. I've tried to rule out all allergens (soap, food weeds) - nothing! The only thing that has changed is the fact that I had a total hysterectomy!!! I am not on HRT. I've seen my gyn and my endocrinologist - both think it has nothing to do with hormones - I disagree. So I guess I have to live taking Zyrtec everyday???
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replied May 24th, 2012
HIVES AND MEDS
ladies- i have HIVES for 6 weeks now- i'm 44- with regular periods. the only way to stop mine when they were acute was with a cortizone shot- prednisone/benadryl/zantec/leviztrone (think i spelled that wrong)-
ANYWAY- i'm going to check my hormones this week- you all have been so informative.
i want you to all also research the side effects of these drugs that doctors prescribe.. like the ones i was on to control a sever outbreak. they are BAD! including if not ESPECIALLY Benadryl.. google it in conjunction with "side effects" and "fertility" and stuff comes up. it's all terrible. i'm very itchy and scratchy today- i know your pain! acupuncture seems to be helping me alot but clearly i need a hormone review and to see an allergist regarding some foods i eat. wishing everyone the best and be mindful of all these drugs! the sometimes have weirdo effects on your hormones too!
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replied July 24th, 2012
Chronic Hives
I have had hives going on 8 years now, my Family practice Dr. sent me to a Dermatologist, they tried all sorts of creams and pills and still i had a very itchy rash so they sent me to an allergist who looked at my hives and said "its not allergies i cant do anything for you" so i went back to the Dermatologist and they did a biopsy of one of the rashes and it came back "inconclusive". They then told me that 95% rashes are from an unknown source and not diagnosable. I have been living with these itchy sometimes painful rashes for 8 years and i have scars all over my legs and body, because i cant really control my scratching when im asleep. I take an Allegra every day, Atarax for daily sometimes 3 times a day and Doxepin to help me get through the night. I sometimes will wake up in the middle of the night 1-3 times and go take a cold shower as that is about the only thing that really helps the itching. Some creams will help but only for 5-10 minutes at a time. While my husband was in Afghanistan he did some on line research and worked with a surgeon that suggested i get a "Hormone Panel" done. Well when your in the military you move a round a lot and just when your building a good relationship with one Family Dr you move and have to start all over. We just got up to Alaska and I went in with my newfound knowledge about a "Hormone Panel" and was told there is no such thing and that maybe my hives are due to stress, the good kind and the bad kind. And that they would just give me a refill on all the drugs i am currently taking. Does anyone have any Literature on the Hormone Panel testing and Menopause signs and symptoms or any other literature that I can take into my Dr.? Oh and I had a hysterectomy when I was 28, i am currently 42. Any and all Help will be greatly appreciated!
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replied July 25th, 2012
Yes, I think this is something with your hormone inbalance. Check into bioidentical HRT.
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