A Red Rash Appears Before Menstruation?

Noon. I want to ask. before menstruation, I will see a red rash on my feet or hands (2-4 red rashes on different parts). I have a complete blood count and sugar check as well and the results are normal. I wonder why that is? is it dangerous? thanks.

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Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.

Some of the redness in the body that can be related to menstruation are:

Acne: just before menstruation, there are hormonal changes in the body, one of which is an increase in oil production by the oil glands which increases the risk of acne formation
Fungal infections of the skin (tinea, candidiasis): just before menstruation, the sweat glands will also be activated more than usual due to hormonal effects. So that the sweat we produce will be more. This sweating results in humid conditions that facilitate mold growth
Hives / Urticaria: Hives can be triggered by an allergic reaction to certain proteins, such as food protein or plant powders. It can also be triggered by stress, pressure on the body, post-exercise, hot / cold air. Just before menstruation, stress hormone (cortisol) will increase, so that it can also potentially cause stress-induced urticaria.

Other possibilities for your skin rash that are not related to your period are:

Atopic dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis
Insect bites
Irritant contact dermatitis, for example after exposure to tomcat body fluids

To determine the cause of your complaint, it is better to consult further with a general practitioner. The doctor will dig further into your complaint and will perform a detailed examination of your skin using a loop. If necessary, the doctor will carry out supporting examinations such as examining skin scrapings to see the causing germs, and blood tests. And after that the doctor will provide treatment for your complaint according to the underlying conditions. If deemed necessary or treatment does not improve, the doctor will refer you to a dermatologist.

Things you can do to improve and prevent worsening of your disease are:

Bathing at least 2x a day
Dry off after showering or sweating
Wear thin, soft, and sweat-absorbing clothing
Do a patch test first every time you use a new product that is applied to the skin. You do this, by applying the product to a little part of the skin and then observing about a day after whether there is redness, itching, or burning. If there is this, it means you are allergic to the ingredients in the topical product
Avoid foods that cause you allergies
Use a body moisturizer to avoid dryness of your skin
If there are complaints of itching, you can take over-the-counter drugs such as cetirizine to reduce your itching complaints

That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful :)


dr. Princess Claudya

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