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Sunburn like Rash with Menopause

05/12/2010

Question:

i am going through menopause and it started out that i would get a little red around my eyes if i ate anything with tomato in it. and then it started to become like a sunburn all over my face once a month while i was/should be on my period. it would spread and come and go like a rash but was very dry and painful like a sunburn. now it happens whenever i eat fruit or dairy products. do you have any idea what this could be? i have been to three doctors, an allergist, and a pharmacist, whom i am on hormone creams with, and all have said they have never seen anything like it. is it because of my menopause or is it a dermatology issue? thanks!

Answer:

This is not a hormonal issue. It honestly sounds like an allergy.

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Response by:

Cynthia B Evans, MD Cynthia B Evans, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University