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Itchiness and red bumps on arm during period. Why?

for the last four months, very itchy red bumps appear out of no wear, it is always two at a time, today there is one on each arm they seem similar to a spider bite but it occurs every month what can be the problem. i have also noticed it before my cycle begins, last for about 3 days but itch very bad the first two days
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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Thanks for writing to us.
The sudden appearance of skin rashes , hives like lesions, intense itching prior to menses may be due to a hormone progesterone. It is also known as autoimmune progesterone dermatitis.
As it is due to sensitisation to progesterone levels in blood, we can just suppress the same by taking oral antihistamines like cetirizine for few days prior to menses.
Hope that answers your query.
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Answered: Thu, 13 Jun 2013
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