Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
135 Doctors are Online

Itching and rashes all over body. Does this have anything to do with menopause?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 3622 Questions
I have had itching and a rash all over my body. from head to toe. Mainly when I get hot. Does this have anything to do with menopause? THis has been occurring for at least 9 months. I am 54 years old and recently been diagnosis with shingles. Can you have itching/rash this long with shingles?
Posted Sat, 28 Jul 2012 in Skin Rash
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 1 hour later

Thanks for your query,

Yes, the itching you have and the Shingles can co exist.

The Itching is more common during perimenopausal early post menopausal period, this happens due to lack of estrogen which alters the fat metabolism.There is decrease in levels of sebaceous secretion in the skin which leads the skin to get dry and itchy sometimes associated with rash due to allergens.This is a self limiting symptom and does not pose any serious problem.

The itch can be treated with antihistaminics like Benadryl tab taken once daily in night after food.

Hope I answered your query.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Itching and rashes all over body. Does this have anything to do with menopause? 12 hours later

Thank you for your quick response to my question. One doctor gave me the same diagnosis. That the itching and rash is related to menopause. That particular doctor prescribed Hydroxyzine XXXXXXX 10 MG.

Another doctor said it related to anthistamine and Zantac 75. Which should I take?
Alo, about the shingles, I am teaching summer school for 10- 12 year old children. Is this safe? Again thank you so much for helping me. I wll refer this website to others. Also, is your office located close to Virginia?
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 9 hours later

Thanks for writing back.

I would recommend Hydroxyzine, as it has promising results and does help you get rid of the itching.Also do apply Moisturising creams all over the body which will prevent the itching by reducing the skin sensitivity.

Schingles has high infectivety in first two weeks of the onset of the disease. Hence do take care with the contacts you have.

Thanks for considering our service a reliable one, We shall work at improving the same.

I am sorry to say that our office is not located near XXXXXXX NY XXXXXXX is where we have a set up.

Thanks again for using this service.

Wish you good health.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor