Have you missed your period or is the date late? If your answer is yes, then you should think about it, because it can cause some serious disease or skin rash.

It can also be caused by a skin condition like ringworm or eczema. But if there are changes in your skin during periods, then you should pay attention to it.

However, the problem of pimples, acne and rashes is common during this time. But if it is more than this then you should not ignore it. Especially if you start getting rashes in your chest, then you need to be alert. Let us know why this happens during periods?

What is progesterone?

Progesterone is a hormone found in the female body. It works as a hormone replacement therapy by reducing the level of estrogen in the uterus of women. This is why women have periods. It also helps in regulating the menstrual cycle.

Progestogen hypersensitivity

According to the site raredisease.Info.nih.gov, a skin reaction is caused by hypersensitivity to progestogen. This usually happens during the menstrual cycle. Its symptoms start appearing about 3-10 days before the period. But as soon as these periods are over, they go away. Skin reactions include swelling, hives, and itchy, flaky patches. If it increases then symptoms like sores and asthma start appearing.

What happens if progesterone rises?

After ovulation, after the end of the period, the level of progesterone starts increasing gradually. When its levels increase in the body, its symptoms are similar to those of premenstrual syndrome. During this time there may be swelling in the breast, depression, fatigue and weight gain.

What is Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis?

However, in many women, the problem of hives is seen during periods. Certain hormones trigger this allergy. But in some women, the condition can become chronic and fatal and can be treated as autoimmune progesterone dermatitis (APD).


You should talk to the doctor about this problem. In severe cases, topical steroids or antihistamine creams may be recommended. In addition, hormone therapy may be required to reduce the production of progestogen.

Note: If you see any kind of symptoms in the body during periods, then do not ignore and see the doctor as soon as possible.

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