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Menopause And Allergies

Menopause And Allergies

Allergic reactions can come from very many substances referred to as allergens which cause a myriad of reactions in the body.

There isn't a comprehensive set of allergies, but it is an accepted fact that when allergens interact with an immune system, anything can happen.

To further complicate the situation, the reactions can be just about anything from runny nose to hives and everything in between.

So, let's add menopause to this mess. Most women will experience menopausal symptoms between 45 and 55 years of age. Some women, about 1% of the population, will hit menopause as young as 40.

With this stage change, the immune system can go into shambles leaving you not only facing menopause but more susceptibility to allergies, too.

Causes Menopausal Allergies

The major cause of menopausal allergies in women is progesterone. While this is rare, it is difficult to treat and can cause another major hassle in the long list that you've already chalked up.

The level of severity can vary depending on the type allergen, exposure time and your immune systems current state of disarray. The response can be varied, confusing and frustrating.

While progesterone, whether synthetic or naturally produced through the body or from natural supplements, the allergic reaction can still happen.

Symptoms range from rashes, hives all the way to the very dangerous anaphylactic shock.

Women have reported severe allergic reactions, and doctors have had a hard time trying to effectively treating the symptoms.

The long term results can include increased acne, onset of rosacea and psoriasis as well as seborrheic dermatitis.

While some types of topical medications have been known to help, only seborrhea responds well to anti fungal drugs including ketoconazole cream.

The others respond better to short courses of cortisone cream. However, don't overdo on the cortisone as that can have damaging effects in large quantities or when utilized over a long period.

Physical Menopause Symptoms


Inexplicable episodes of anaphylaxis have been caused by abnormal reactions to progesterone during pre-menopausal stages although it has happened at other times.

While progesterone is the most likely culprit, the actual disorder's etiology is unknown.

Laboratory studies show that progesterone may induce histamine release from basophiles or it makes mast cells susceptible to other mast cell degranulators.

Additional Allergic Symptoms

Other allergic symptoms can include migraine headaches or asthma.

There are higher levels of IgE antibodies against progesterone and estrogen in women who haven't hit menopause than women who are experiencing menopause.

While this is of little comfort if you've got allergies, just know that medical practitioners are becoming more aware of menopause and allergies due to increases in cases reported.

They are actively working on finding healthy, effective solutions to the problem.

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Menopause And Allergies
Author Tanna Mayer
Updated January 7, 2013

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