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Do hormones cause hives?

06/05/2009

Question:

I have gotten hives three times in the last month. I am a breastfeeding new mother, and I just re-started my period last month. I usually never get hives, but I remember now that I got them a few times back when I was still breastfeeding my older child. Is there a hormonal connection?

Answer:

Chronic hives may be associated with the female hormone progesterone or birth control tablets containing chemicals with similar effects. Progesterone levels are elevated during lactation.

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Response by:

I Leonard Bernstein, MD I Leonard Bernstein, MD
Clinical Professor Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati