Since women are slightly more likely to experience hives menopause is thought to be partly responsible for cases that occur in a woman's 40's and 50's. Though not well understood, the link between hives and hormones has been demonstrated through individual cases as well as laboratory studies.
Hives are defined as red, raised blotches (called "welts" or "wheals") on the skin that measure 0.2 inches in diameter or larger. Sometimes the hives appear as single bumps, and sometimes they clump together to form large patches. For some women with hives menopause causes angioedema, or swelling in the face, lips, hands -- and possibly even the airway or intestinal lining.
We do know that menopause is a time of extensive change for a woman, both physically and psychologically. From these changes, doctors have identified two possible areas that may prove that there is definitely a hives menopause connection:
Prevention of hives is often a difficult undertaking, as fewer than 10% of cases have a known cause. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to try to end the hives menopause relationship.
Few women are able to completely prevent their hives; if you do suffer from an outbreak, consider these treatment strategies:
Many cases of hives can be successfully treated at home, or may clear up on their own. However, you should see your doctor to make sure an underlying illness or disease is not causing them. Be sure to ask about the link between hives and hormones. See your doctor immediately if you have difficulty breathing or lightheadedness.
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