The term “itchy, crawly skin” has actually become a commonly used term or buzzword in literature out there linked to menopause symptoms. The clinical term is actually “pruritis”. The symptoms of this are itchiness all over the skin, feeling like bugs are crawling all over the skin, and can also lead to rashes, flushing, hives, eczema or even a small shock-like feeling. The itching sometimes can produce dry spots and flaking but not always. In extreme cases and when the woman scratches a lot, skin infections can develop. Again the culprit is fluctuating hormones that throw off the receptors in the skin as well. Additionally, the changing hormone levels cause a decline in skin collagen, elasticity and tissue strength, and the body loses its optimum ability of providing moisture due to reduced natural oil production.
Fortunately, this condition is one of the menopause symptoms that are easiest to treat and get under control. There are many topical creams either over the counter or by prescription that can treat skin woes. Allergy medications (antihistamines) can also be helpful in reducing the itching and especially if hives or rashes have developed. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or the use of bioidentical hormones will of course help this condition as well.
I have only experienced this symptom just a few times. It is a very strange and weird feeling and I wasn’t sure if I had an allergic reaction to something. I mainly had the itching on my upper arms and thighs. I did take Benadryl to alleviate it and also moisturized those spots with lotion containing aloe vera. I also think I have had it numerous times on the crown of my head. That spot seems to itch quite often just out of the blue. At first I was worried about possible head lice but then the itching came and went and I did not see any bugs in my hair. Quite the relief there. Then I was checking for possible dandruff but there again I saw no evidence of that. Perhaps my scalp has gotten drier in that one spot. This has been strange because I have always had extremely oily hair. I have tried to use extra conditioner since and the problem has been under control lately.