What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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Nerys said:   July 4, 2011 4:48 am PST
I feel for everyone who goes through this rash.I developed it with my first child in week 42(she was overdue) then when she was born it went crazy, it was everywhere even on the soles of my feet and palms of my hand.The doctors were little help proscribing anything form Steroid cream to anti-biotics, after 10 days it eventually went away and I was told that I probably wouldn't get it again. When I was 19 weeks pregnant with my second child it started again on my legs this time.I knew what it was even though my doctors thought it was fungal.I stumbled across a website similar to this site and decided to give Dandelion Root Capsules a go.Within a week the rash had gone, you have to persevere with it.I stopped taking them after a bit but then the rash started to come back again so i then continued to take them throughout my pregnancy. Interestingly a year later I changed my contraceptive pill and the rash started again. I recommend taking the tablets, they did wonders for me.I spoke to numerous herbalists and pharmacists to put my mind at rest and there are no side affects.My second daughter is now 4 years old and very beautiful.

shauna said:   June 29, 2011 11:36 am PST
I had pupps with my fourth and now my fifth pregnancies. I dont have a rash but itch from head to toe.

Shawna Somma-Bauer said:   June 28, 2011 1:01 am PST
I just delivered twin girls this past week, I believe I got pupps during pregnancy, my stretch marks became extremely itchy, however I didn't know what it was. I just thought it was my skin stretching and that it was part of the stretch marks coming out. After I delivered at 36+ weeks the rash really came out. Pupps was all over my stomach, and began spreading to my arms, legs, and feet. The itching is unbearable and nothing is helping me get relief. I have taken benadryl, used lubriderm all over and nothing is helping. It seems to be getting worse after the pregnancy.

Hillary said:   June 26, 2011 8:58 am PST
I started to get PUPPS right at the start of my 3rd trimester. It started inside the stretchmarks on my stomach, then it spread VERY RAPIDLY to my hips, breasts, upper arms, calves, ankels, and butt. I was MISERABLE. The hives would get bigger and bigger. My stomach was the worst part. The more it itched, the more I scratched, the more relief I got, the more pain I got. I went to my doctor and all he said was, "It's just a pregnancy rash,nothing we can do about it." I was so upset, crying and miserable in my last trimester and had no answers as to why my body was a walking hive. My mom however, works as a nurse, and was able to consult with a few doctors at her hospital, in which one was able to tell her that I had PUPPS. So upon looking it up and realizing that all of my symptoms matched the PUPPS symptoms, I consulted my doctor again, and he, again, refused to give me any help, even the smallest suggestion as to what would help relieve it. So, me and my mother went out on a mission to find something that would work. NO lotions worked for me. The only 2 things that "helped" tolerate the itch was a Pine Tar Soap that we found at a health hut in our town. The tar in it cools the itch long enough to have some sort of relief. The other thing was the Cool Gel that you use whenever you get sunburt. The very minute you put the cool gel on your rash, it cools it instantly! Cool showers and staying away from heat, hot clothes, hot sheets ...anything heat related would make it better. I always wondered if it was stress related, because I was in a very stressful/abusive relationship while I was pregnant. I also gave birth to a girl, not a boy, so the 70% are boys thing ruled that one out for me. It went away IMMEDIATELY after my daughter was born (via c-section). I pray I never get this rash again!

Jenny said:   June 23, 2011 2:21 pm PST
I am just entering the last trimester of my first pregnancy (28 weeks now). Four days ago, I noticed I was experiencing a weight gain surge and little angry red stretch marks appeared on the sides of my abdomen. They were a little itchy, but I didn't think this was unusual. The next couple days, the itching intensified and wouldn't respond to any of the topical lotions/creams I put on it. So I went to see my doctor today and he diagnosed it as PUPPPS. He prescribed me TRIMCINOLONE 0.1% ointment, but I haven't started using it yet. When I expressed my hesitation to use a steroid to the pharmacist, she said to only use the cream if the itching got really bad and to use only a tiny amount. She also recommended AVEENO's ECZEMA formula lotion which has helped alleviate the worst of the itching. ((fingers crossed)) Thanks so much for this website. PUPPS wasn't mentioned in ANY of the pregnancy books I've read!

Nicole said:   June 23, 2011 6:13 am PST
I have had this rash since I found out I was pregnant at about 5weeks. I am now 16 weeks and have been to the dr. twice about the rash. both times I was given topical steroids and they do not help at all. I go to the dermatologist tomorrow and am hoping that he tells me it is the Pupps rash so I can have some answers. It doesn't look exactly like the pics so I am not sure about it all I know is I am very miserable and can't sleep. Any suggestions?

Jackie said:   June 6, 2011 3:44 pm PST
I feel for the last lady, I developed PUPPS at 32 weeks during my first pregnancy, it was horrible and I will not ever get into detail because anyone who has had it knows. Its the plague!! And 22 weeks after my son was delivered it finally went away, it took forever. My PCP finally said he had heard of an anti-depressant that would work and it did in 3 days!!! I am now pregnant with #2 and 18 weeks along, woke up this morning with what I know is the start of this again...all i thought was this cannot be happening again!! what are the odds!!!

Karen said:   June 4, 2011 11:54 am PST
I had puppps with my first pregnancy. It was so bad I had to go on short term disability a month before my due date. I was miserable until they (the Drs) got the steriod levels right (40). I also used sarna lotion and took baths. Once baby boy was born , the pediatrician rec that I NOT breastfeed b/c of the steriods and antihistimines I was taking. The rash lasted for months after birth. I weened myself off the steriods bc I hated taking them. Please email me if you have any questions.

Jenny said:   June 3, 2011 8:03 am PST
I developed this rash a week ago and thought it was just heat rash but when I went to the dr she said it was PUPPS. I have tried everything under the sun and no relief other than ice packs. My dr is giving me a prescription today though so Im hoping that helps.I 38 weeks and 5 days so I know I dont have much longer to go till my body gets back to normal. Glad to see Im not the only one who has this as it is super painful and the itching just doesnt stop ever.

Michelle said:   May 25, 2011 10:19 am PST
I am currently at 37 weeks and I first got this rash around 32 weeks... They said it would last the rest of the prenancy but I was fortunate enough to get rid of it for about 2 weeks... This past week it has come back, but worse. I have it on my arms, back, stomach, theighs and all the way down my legs. I have tried everything. I can't find anything that works and the itching will drive someone insane. I just hope that I go early or they induce me because of it.

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