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Itchy, Creepy Crawly Skin During Menopause

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woman dealing with itchy skin during menopauseIs my itching skin from menopause?

One day you may itch all over, and the next it feels like an army of ants are marching across your body. Where your skin used to be smooth and soft, it’s now dry and flaky. You’re seeing blemishes and red spots every time you look in the mirror, but you don’t know what’s causing them.

Since estrogen is responsible for much of your skin’s health, declining levels during perimenopause have an impact on how your skin looks and feels. Your skin loses its ability to hold moisture as it should, and its production of natural oil deceases. The result? Rashes begin to form, bumps start to appear, and dry patches start to flake -- all of which can itch, and itch, and itch.

So what can you do to get some relief? Lots, if you are willing to make the effort:
  1. Drink more water.
  2. Eat well and add more omega-3s.
  3. Skip the hot showers.
  4. Choose gentle soaps.
  5. Use a moisturizer after showering.
  6. Protect your skin from the sun and skip the tanning beds.
  7. Don’t smoke or be around smoke.
  8. Manage stress.
  9. Get plenty of rest.
  10. Ask about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), medications, supplements, etc.
Menopause symptoms like itchy skin can drag you down, but you can find relief by combining some sheer will power with lifestyle changes. As much as you may like a long hot soak in the tub, choose an alternative relaxation technique that won’t add to the itching. You may think that you get more done burning the candle at both ends of the stick, but the stress and lack of sleep won’t help your skin. Take some time to prioritize and scale down your to do list so you have a more manageable schedule.

Your doctor can be a great source of help, too. Besides prescribing HRT or discussing alternatives, she can help you determine if there is an underlying health issue that’s making your skin itch. After all, menopause is not to blame for every weird symptom after 40--just a lot of them!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-15-2016 - 06:51 PM


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