You probably knew about tiresome hot flushes and mood swings, but now you can throw itching, coughing and sneezing into the menopause mix.
“I’ve got you under my skin” crooned Frank Sinatra. It reminds us of the unwelcome allergic reactions that may be exacerbated or triggered by menopause.
Fluctuating hormone levels impact on your finely tuned immune system making it react differently to harmless allergens. Toiletries, household cleaners, paint and other scented products can now pose a problem, causing you to cough, sneeze or wheeze as your immune system releases histamines to deal with the perceived threat.
Asthma UK say, ‘some women find that their symptoms get worse and some women first develop asthma before and after menopause’. While
If you arrive at the perimenopause door as an existing asthma sufferer, the impact of hormone fluctuations on your asthma should be discussed with your GP.
Eczema and Menopause
Depleting hormone levels may trigger eczema. Skin now becomes drier and more prone to irritation. There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription creams for eczema, or your GP can prescribe a corticosteroid cream which will help to relieve inflammation.
Sometimes skin is itchy but there’s no rash. It feels like there’s an army of ants crawling around under your skin. This may be the seemingly secret menopause symptom, formication, another hormone-triggered itchy skin condition. Watch our YouTube vlog on Formication.
Urticaria (hives) and Menopause
The emotional and physical stress of the menopause, may trigger hives (or nettle rash), itchy lumps on the skin. Anti-histamines can help, or if you choose to take HRT for other symptoms, your hives should stay away.
And the good news is….
Menopause allergies caused by hormonal shifts should pass, and making changes to your diet, lifestyle, laundry products, and personal cleansing regime, should see symptoms improve
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