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By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: September 7, 2012

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Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,

Is there such thing as menopausal hives? I had them when I was a child, but they went away and are now back.

Thank you,

J


Dear J,

The relationship between the development of hives at menopause is not well understood. However, there may be a hormonal link. We undergo many changes at menopause both physically and emotionally which may cause lots of stress and anxiety. There may be a possibility that hives appear during this time due to our lack of sleep, feeling fatiqued and all of the pschological aspects that result from having so many menopausal symptoms. There is a link between stress levels and development of hives. We also have fluctuating hormones and hives may have sensitivity to lowering of our estrogen and progesterone during the menopause transition.

You should first look for the triggers that may be causing hives, i.e., if you are under a lot of stress; if you have eaten a food that has caused them or put on a cosmetic which caused them. There may be clues if you keep track of them. This may also help you to take preventive measures. For instance, if you are stressed a lot, learn some stress management techniques, change your cosmetics/skin regimen if you feel that may be the culprit, etc. If you have an outbreak there are over the counter products you can use, such as calamine lotion and antihistamines. However, you should consult with your doctor before taking of these products.

If your outbreak of hives is stress related, your doctor may recommend an antidepressant for stress induced hives. You should see your doctor immediately if you have trouble breathing or feel lightheaded. Not all hives are a result of menopause and your doctor should check to see if there are any underlying medical problems that are occurring.

Good Health to You!

Red Hot Mamas Experts

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