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Hives during the night

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Hello, I am 47 recently had my yearly physical and my LH is 29 1/2 and FSH is 75.
A week ago I started getting hives during the middle of the night and /or early morning. Left arm swollen,had welts, hot and red from my shoulder to my hand, both thighs. I haven't changed my diet, I eat very well btw. My VitD is low so I am taking 50,000 once a week.I have had low D before and taken Vit D so that isn't really a change for me. No creams help and benadryl only makes me drowsy, the pain and itch seems to go away with in a few hours. Why is this happening and why at night? I started menopause at 42,when I had my 1st child so I got the sweating over with a few years ago. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
The swelling hurts as bad as the itch.
Thanks so much,

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replied January 21st, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

With menopause, your skin tends develop certain changes like - thinning of skin, dryness, itchiness, sagging and wrinkling, hyperpigmentation etc. These changes are associated with the reduction of estrogen levels, which usually has a protective function.

But your current symptoms of hives, swelling and redness in the entire arm could be due to skin inflammation, allergy or infections. Other possible conditions like vasculitis or lymphadenitis also need to be ruled out.

The exact condition needs to be ruled out by a proper history as well as a complete examination. Hence it would be recommended that you consult your doctor or a dermatologist for proper medical opinion.

In the mean time, apply Icepacks to the area. Avoid the urge to itch. Take benadryl at bed time, so that you can avoid the daytime drowsiness, and still can avoid the symptoms.

I hope this helps.
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