Hives and itchy skin after birth

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am experiencing breakouts of hives/bumps since I gave birth. It started three or four days after birth and it's driving me insane! Up both arms, my entire back, my feet, my ankles and on my breasts. It started on my breasts but I'm breast feeding so I thought that might be the reason but then I had break outs elsewhere. This is my first pregnancy and thought this was due to hormones but am not sure anymore. I was on an antibiotic during labor due to the length of time between my water breaking and my arrival to the hospital. I also had an epidural. Has anyone else experiencing this? Any suggestions for me?

Thank you!

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Kellie - posted on 02/06/2011

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I haven't heard of this before. What did the Dr. think. It sounds like it could be a number of things. Change in hormones or allergy to medication. A lot of times Dr.s never figure out the cause of a rash or hives, they just end up going away. I had one for a couple weeks when I was pregnant. It was HORRIBLE. It took all my strength not to itch as I knew that would just make it worse.

Yvonne - posted on 08/20/2013

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Where can I get this mechanical link if I'm in Malaysia ? Leeron beneah

Missy - posted on 01/24/2014

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Zyrtec works great for this. I have it too and it has stayed with me for the last 5 years. Drives me crazy! But Zyrtec keeps them away from me.

Keri - posted on 04/24/2011

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Hi Sarah, I've had much the same experience and the doctors have no real answers. I take anti-histamine when it's bad enough (almost daily) and it keeps the itching at bay. I like Aicha's advice. Just ensure if you are taking an anti-histamine while breastfeeding that it won't affect your milk/baby! Good luck

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Densie - posted on 05/19/2014

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I had my son via c-section just shy of 3 years. i have been itching like crazy ever since. raised small rashes spread like waves all over me. It drives me crazy. Doctor has no clue. I am relived I am not the only one experiencing this is correlation with giving birth.

Missy - posted on 01/24/2014

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Zyrtec works great for this. I have it too. They do not know why it happens, it's just that your body dumps more histamine. But Zrytec has done the job for me.

Hayley - posted on 12/12/2013

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ive had this and had no epidural or antibiotics. i get them mostly on my foot, had one on my hip and sometimes rashes on my thumbs/fingers. havent taken anything as usually goes away in a couple of hours but very uncomfy, itchy and swollen on pads of feet when walking around the lino. :(

Leeron - posted on 09/21/2012

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This has nothing to do with an epidural. I had them on my two births, one with epidural and one without. I tried everything conventional medicine has to offer but nothing worked. I tried drinking nettle tea and dandaloin tea and Chinese medicine and nothing helped. Yesterday I went to someone who does something weird that is called Mechanical Link and today after two months of itching like crazy, I have 90% relief. google it and do it :)

If you are in the New York NJ area use Miranda Reda. Tenafly, NJ near New York City (201) 227-1820. Unbelievable but it worked.

Aicha - posted on 03/12/2011

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Relax it is common I am going through the same thing my doctor says it is quite common for women to get hives/rashes after being pregnant

Rochelle - posted on 02/20/2011

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OMGosh I thought I was the only one! I've had a rash since not too long after birth, mainly on my right hand, but in little spots all over my body. I went to the doctors and they said they don't think it's eczema, but an allergic reaction to who knows what. They gave me benedryl to take every six hours and a topical steroid cream and eucerin with hydrocortzone in it. It's helped a little...but just as of yesterday I've felt a new breakout...starting to get a few bumps here and there on the left hand. Ahhh it's so frustrating!

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