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Itchy skin during the menopause

Itchy skin can be an irritating symptom of the menopause


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  • Debbie O'Leary's photo avatar
    Debbie O'Leary — 27.04.2018 14:36
    Hi I’m 50 and a couple of years into the menopause. I’ve got very itchy skin in my hairline, on my neck and chest. I’ve noticed that it’s worse when I’m bleeding (HRT has given me periods again). I’ve tried antihistamine, steroid cream and a special emollient wash. Interested to read here that caffeine and alcohol can worsen it and will reduce my intake but I really need a soothing cream. Any suggestions?


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      eileen — 30.04.2018 11:17
      Hi Debbie You could try the Neem Cream, this is soothing and is known to help reduce irritation and inflammation. Try the nettle tea too and remember to drink lots of plain water!


  • Sheila's photo avatar
    Sheila — 14.04.2018 16:04
    I am suffering with patches of red itchy skin round my neck and all in my folds bk of legs and front of arms hope you can help me


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 16.04.2018 12:45
      Hello Sheila, Can you please let me know if you have has this checked out by the doctor or had medication to treat it?


  • Sarah's photo avatar
    Sarah — 02.04.2018 03:09
    I am 43 and for over a year now I have suffered with hot itchy skin in my pubic area, this often wakes me in night and is beginning to get me down. I have tried loads of different things including antihistamines, creams, tablets cotton underwear. Only an ice pack helps any suggestions please ?


    • eileen's photo avatar
      eileen — 03.04.2018 12:53
      Hi Sarah Please can you let me know if you get swollen ankles at all, thanks!


    • Tracey's photo avatar
      Tracey — 11.06.2018 18:59
      I have the same above symptoms no swollen ankles sweat rashes all over no amount of creams helps it's worse while on period help


    • Eileen's photo avatar
      Eileen — 12.06.2018 10:19
      Hi Tracey Hopefully the tips above will help you too, this could be due to your hormones falling just before your period. You may find the Milk Thistle beneficial and remember to drink lots of plain water!


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