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Passed menopause, have spells of severe itch from head to toe with racing heart, hot flashes, raised blue vein along the arm with severe itching. Tried rubbing skin with lotions. Effective remedy?

Possible allergy , never a rash , just waves of all over severe itch causing racing heart, followed by a hot flash that eases the itch. I am a young looking, petite 54 yrs of age and post menopausal. The itch can be brought on by bathing (not exclusively) mostly on legs. One itch can trigger a full blown attack from head to toe including the scalp, eyes, nose, face, especially the ears inside and out. Talking or thinking about it can cause flare-ups. When a right extremity itches, the left may itch in the same place. When an attack is really bad, my heart races and it seems as though the itchiness is could be running through my blood and the itch will come from the inside out to the skin. Rubbing the skin w/without lotions or creams or both, unscented, etc. helps and is very time consuming. I also have a raised blue vein that runs across my left forearm above the elbow that severely itches from time to time. What in this world is going on and how can I treat and cure it without man made drugs?
Asked On : Mon, 14 May 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
As discussed earlier, itchy skin can be the result of fluctuating hormones during menopause. As estrogen leaves your body during menopause, it will stop the production of collagen, a youth hormone that keeps us looking young. Therefore when the production of collagen stops, itchy skin begins. Estrogen also is responsible for maintaining moisture, so dehydration can occur as a reduction in estrogen production occurs, which can cause extreme itchiness. Unfortunately, itchy skin can become extremely disruptive and the more one itches, the more one scratches. During menopause, many women find itchy skin to be more of an annoyance than a debilitating symptom, but there are many treatment options.
It is advised to see your healthcare provider immediately if your menopausal itching is extremely severe, affects your entire body, has lasted for over a week and doesn’t improve with lifestyle adjustments and/or is accompanied by weight loss, changes in bowel habits, fever or redness.

it might be allergic problem too.
Answered: Tue, 3 Jul 2012
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Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Zareen's  Response
it could be urticaria. please get evaluated by an allergist to rule out any underlying abnormality
Answered: Mon, 14 May 2012
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