Dealing With Itchy Menopause Symptoms

itchy skin is a menopause symptomLike many women, you may think you understand what menopause symptoms you will experience during the later stages of your life. You have heard all about night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, and brittle nails. However, itchy skin may not have been on the list of menopause symptoms you have read of. Many women experience this symptom, though, as a result of hormonal imbalance in the body during menopause.

Changes in your skin are menopause symptoms that can occur when you first stop having your menstrual cycles, or later during the menopause process.

Menopause Symptoms: Dry and Itchy Skin

Itchy skin is a medical condition known as pruritus, and can be a big problem, especially if it becomes too uncomfortable and makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Pruritus can, but does not always, go far beyond just a simple case of dry skin. Itchy skin can develop into:

  • Paresthesia- This is an abnormal condition of the skin that affects how the skin feels when touched. Many women describe the feeling as numbness, tingling, prickling of the skin, or a feeling of pins and needles on their skin.
  • Formication- While rare, this type of skin condition is characterized by phantom feelings of something creeping and crawling over the skin. It is often described as feeling like an insect were crawling on the skin.

 

Hormone Imbalance – Estrogen

Hormone imbalance as a result of fluctuating Estrogen levelsThere are several causes of itchy skin, but the most common is fluctuating hormone levels. Estrogen is a key factor when it comes to water retention. As estrogen fluctuates during menopause, the body is unable to retain as much water as it usually can. Estrogen also plays a role in the amount of oil the skin produces. As the amount of estrogen lowers during menopause, the amount of oil the skin produces does as well. This can lead to dry, itchy skin.

Other causes of itchy skin

These are rare, but can include:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Fungal infections
  • Herpes
  • Withdrawal from drugs
  • Drug abuse

Natural Treatment For Menopause Symptoms Like Itchy Skin

There are several natural treatments that can be used to care for itchy skin.

  • Omega 3 foodsChanges in Diet – For adequate skin health, but sure to include omega-3 fatty acids. These can be found in salmon, fortified eggs, sardines, and flaxseed. Also be sure to consume plenty of vitamin B to produce healthier skin.
  • Drink More Water – The more water you drink, the more hydrated your body and skin will be.
  • Showers - Be careful taking those long hot baths and showers. Hot water tends to dry skin out, making itchy skin worse. Instead, choose a warm setting. Also, be sure to apply moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower. You may want to use baby oil, petroleum jelly, or mineral oil.
  • Sunscreen - It is best to avoid too much sun if you are suffering from itchy skin, but if you do want to go out, make sure you use a good sunscreen with moisturizer in it.
  • Irritants - Avoid using perfumed soaps, which can cause irritation to your skin. Avoid other irritants as well, such as cigarette smoke, lack of sleep, and stress.
  • itchy skin menopause symptomsUse a high-quality moisturizing cream –  Use as directed and concentrate on the areas where itching is most severe. Examples include Cetaphil, Eucerin, CeraVe and others.
  • Apply an anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area – Short-term use of non-prescription 1% hydrocortisone cream can give temporary relief to the itch. You could also try more traditional anti-itch creams such as menthol, camphor or calamine.
  • Apply cool, wet compresses - relief can be gained by covering the itchy area with a cloth or dressing
  • Take a lukewarm bath - Include baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal in your bathwater for relief
  • Wear smooth-textured, loose cotton clothing
  • Reduce stress. Stress can worsen itching so consider counseling,  meditation and yoga to relieve stress.

With the correct natural treatments, itchy skin is one of the many menopause symptoms you won’t have to worry about any more.

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