Are you suffering from red, itchy skin soon after giving birth? Does the red skin turn white when you press it? If you said yes, chances are, you suffer from postpartum hives. Read our post here and learn all about hives after pregnancy .
What Is Postpartum Hives?
Postpartum hives is a health condition that typically occurs post delivery. When your body’s immune system reacts to allergens or hormonal changes, it releases histamine, a protein, in the bloodstream. The histamine bloats the tiny blood capillaries and the plasma leaks into the skin, which results in the itchy red rash that we call postpartum hives. Women tend to suffer hives at different time spans after the delivery. Postpartum hives typically occur on the arms, feet, and the back.
Causes Of Postpartum Hives:
Hormonal changes in the body and stress are some of the most prominent causes of postpartum hives in women. Hives after delivery can occur due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Hormonal changes
- Acute medical conditions, such as thyroid conditions
- Medications, such as ibuprofen
- Skin exposure to the sun or extreme cold temperatures or heat
- Food and additives
- Insect stings or bites
- Environmental facts (1)
[ Read: Causes Of Acne After Pregnancy ]
Postpartum Hives Symptoms:
Some of the main symptoms of hives post pregnancy include:
- Raised welts on your body parts.
- Itchy skin
- Scaly skin
- Swelling that causes burning sensation or pain (2)
Postpartum Hives Treatment:
The exact cause of hives remains mysterious, but the skin condition resolves automatically after about six to eight weeks. However, following certain measures and treatments helps relieve you from the symptoms of postpartum hives. Here we list some effective measures to treat hives after delivery:
1. Take Enough Rest:
Stress after delivery can be overwhelming. The new volume of work can affect you adversely. So, you need to tackle stress appropriately to minimize the symptoms of hives. Besides, caring for your dear little one, make sure you take ample rest to recuperate physically and keep stress and anxiety levels to a minimum. Stress can increase cortisol levels, which can have a negative impact on your body.
[ Read: Symptoms Of Postpartum Stress ]
2. Cool Compresses:
You can also follow effective therapies, such as cool compresses. Cool compress provides you relief from the itching sensation resulting due to hives.
3. Topical Applications:
Applying certain creams and lotions on the skin helps soothe red, burning patches resulting due to hives. Consult your physician and apply effective lotions, such as calamine lotion, to relieve yourself from the irritation.
4. Antihistamine Medications:
Certain antihistamine medications and anti-inflammatory drugs can help minimize the inflammation and itching resulting due to hives. However, consult your physician and have medication only according to his prescription. Since your baby is dependent on you post delivery for milk, you may not be able to consume certain drugs treating hives. So consult an expert skin specialist to ensure that your medications won’t affect your little one when treating hives.
[ Read: Measures To Tackle Postpartum Fatigue ]
5. Take Care:
Increase your fluid intake. Drink extra water and fluids if you are breastfeeding. Sleep when your baby sleeps so that you can have a good amount of rest. Let your family and friends bring meals for you. Plan small trips so that you will get a change of atmosphere and fresh air that will make you cheerful and tire you less. (3)
Did you suffer from postpartum hives after giving birth to your angel? What did you do to treat hives after pregnancy? How did you get relief? Share your experiences below. Fellow moms would love to hear from you. Leave a comment.
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