What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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Meredith said:   May 7, 2011 10:23 am PST
I too had PUPPPs with my first pregnancy. However, my rash started after I delivered. I had a c-section and was home for almost a week before it started. My PCP also did not know what it was. It was probably the most frustrating experience of my life. I just wanted to let you know that it doesn't only happen before the baby is born.

Michelle B. said:   May 6, 2011 4:25 pm PST
I think I might be one of the lucky ones who gets the rash after having the baby. I can't find any other info about why my lower legs are so itchy. I can feel the bumps and when I scratch them, it leaves little red spots that sometimes even bleed (yes I scratch them hard, I just can't help myself!) It doesn't sound as bad as some people are explaining. They only start itching if I touch them but then it's all over. I hope this goes away soon! Thanks for the tips and info.! Michelle

shannieannie said:   April 25, 2011 7:26 am PST
i had my first baby girl 2011. i did not get the rash until after dilivery. it was on my thighs, buttocks, belly. i tried hydrocortizone, oatmeal baths, sarna, gold bold and nothing worked. finally i was perscribed prednizone and WOW did that do it. i had relief the next day. after i was done taking that it came back. the second round of it did nothing and here i sit still dealing with it. only now it is a new rash (not as bad as the first time) in new places like my back and my arms. it has been 7 weeks now. will this ever go away!?

Meagan said:   April 1, 2011 9:47 am PST
I developed PUPPPs during my 27th week and for a week straight I couldn't sleep because of the intense itching. I tried many soaps and lotions but felt little if any relief. I was able to sleep for an hour at a time if I put a frozen towel on my stomach but I would wake up every time it warmed up. I am happy to say I am in my 31st week and the PUPPPs is practically gone! I can go days without any itching and the marks on my skins are gone! I credit this to drinking 8oz of V8 juice every morning and night. The condition only flairs up when I forget to drink it for a day. I cannot explain why this helps but I feel great and don't want to question a good thing! I just hope this can help someone else!

Crystal said:   March 29, 2011 12:30 pm PST
I was diagnosed with Puppps at 32 weeks. Until the rash developed, I was having the ideal pregnancy...It started in the stretch marks of my stomach and about a week later spread to my thighs, hips, arms and back. It's by far the most miserable experience I've had in my life. The itch was much worse at night and when I got hot. I've never been sensitive to perfumes, but I had to stop using scented soaps and laundry detergent and I could only wear 100% cotton clothes- when I did wear clothes. I couldn't even sit on my microfiber couch unless it had cotton sheets on it. I tried everything- cold baths, dandelion root, Rainier soapworks Puppps cream and soap, pine tar soap, ice packs, sarna lotion, salt baths, oatmeal baths, witch hazel, calamine lotion, essential oils, topical and oral bendryl and topical menthol. (all of these with the approval of my doctor, of course) I was constantly chasing the itch- and it wasn't relief for hours, but minutes. My OB prescribed me atarax which I reluctantly took at 38 weeks when I couldn't bear it any more. She told me the risk of the stress of the rash could cause more harm than the medication. I took it twice and the rash completely went away, but the itching didn't. All in all, what worked best for me were dead sea salt baths (had to be dead sea salt) and topical menthol (which is sold as muscle pain relieving cream). I think what helped the most was keeping my skin dry and cool and by dry I mean dehydrated, not dry to the touch. It took a good 4-6 weeks postpartum for this rash to calm down. A couple weeks after delivery my skin started getting scaly and only itched in spots. I delivered my boy 7 weeks ago today and I still have the occasional flare up and I can still only wear cotton and can't use scented producs, but it's definitely tolerable, just irritating. It's nice to hear other's stories because anyone I talk to about Puppps think they understand the "pregnancy itch", but they have no idea.

Whit said:   March 23, 2011 8:23 am PST
I was diagnosed at 35 weeks. Gender of my baby is unknown. I have found Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion (the one with the green stripe has dimethicone) to be a life saver. I apply it once or twice a day on rash after a shower and it lasts nearly all day. Good luck to everyone.

Kaitlyn said:   March 21, 2011 8:11 pm PST
This is my first pregnancy and im having a boy. i have had pupps since my 26 or 27 week i am now 30 weeks. at first i got a rash on my inner thigh and my dr gave me some cream and it seemed to help but it kept coming back then i got stretch marks on my lower belly and they started itching and it only got worse. the itching is so bad now i can hardly sleep through night. when i told my dr and some nurses about my itching they told me it was normal during pregnancy this was before i new i had pupps. i new this wasnt some normal itch. my mom did some research on the computer and realized what was really causing this annoying problem. the itch is constant for me it just is worse at times. i heard drinking v8 can help and using grandpas pine tar soap, its a bit smelly but it helps me temporarily. after i wash my belly with it i put on palmers cocoa butter skin therapy lotion for itchy skin. i hate the thought that i have many more weeks of this to deal with and my rash and itch is only getting worse:(

Ashley Brian said:   March 12, 2011 7:53 pm PST
i am pregnant with my first and i had PUPPS since i was about 24 weeks! it started out as just little itchy bumps and now at 29 weeks it is getting worse! More of a big rash here and there, but not like most of the pictures i have seen! thank you for this site it really helped me understand it alot more! you cant really find much on this. Im definitely going to try the aveno bath. ive learned if i get out of the shower and i dont dry off and just put lotion straight on that helps alittle bit! the gave me medicine for it and as it does help it just knocks me out all the time! which is good/ bad since i need to get stuff done but i cant sleep at night here lately! they also at first by two different doctors office that it wasnt PUPPS but now that the rash has gotten worse they diagnosed it as PUPPS. which i knew thats what i had going on. at first i thought it was scabies or something. i was looking for anything and everything that would help solve the itch. i also tried the creams/ over counter medicated lotions and they just dont help! i hope now that ive seen this and have been diagnosed with it FINALLY, that i can take some of the things that helped the others and see if they help me. i just hope in the next 10/11 weeks it wont get any worse than it is now! but i know i cant prevent it from spreading as i already can tell it is still spreading but just learn to help ease it...Thank you again for this page and the info! i hope all the ladies out there can find a way to ease the PUPPS for themselves!

Mallory said:   March 12, 2011 11:47 am PST
Last year while I was 36 weeks preg. I started getting my pupps. It started with a couple small stretch marks itching at the bottom of my belly where I could not see. I started to feel blisters so I had my husband look and he gave me a mirror so I could see this rash. The next week it got 100% worse spread up around my belly buttonto my breasts it was on my arms inside of my legs and bottoms of my feet. My doc wasn't too concerned even tho I begged him to induce at 38 weeks. He said noi could last two more weeks. I was losing my mind. I got 45 mins of sleep in 72 hrs. I cried all the time and got really depressed. With out sleep I could not even focus on the joys that I should have been because I was having a baby. My doc tried steroids, oral and creams... nothing. He finally was worried about me not sleeping and gave me ambien. That night it was heaven. The only thing that helped was real oatmeal baths. I would make a paste out of the oatmeal and cake it on my skin. This helped but only worked while I was in the tub. I took 5 baths a day. Finally at 39 weeks I got indused. Almost right away after my son was born there was releif. It has been a year and I still wake up thinking I have it but then find out it was a dream.

Jana said:   March 10, 2011 7:57 pm PST
I developed PUPPS at the beginning of the eighth month of my first pregnancy. I first had red, itchy spots on my stomach . Then I notice red bumps on my inner thighs on a Saturday afternoon. It was really hot and humid and I thought they were sweat bumps. By that evening, the bumps had grown and spread down to my ankles, up my back, and down my arms. Sunday morning they had grown to be dime sized and were growing together. They itched so bad I could not finish vacuuming the two small rooms of our house that had carpet. I took benedryl in the evening and that knocked me out so I could sleep. Monday morning I woke up with red, itchy bumps between my fingers and toes. (the weirdest feeling I have ever experienced!) I called my OB, she got me right in, she went and got a book and showed me what I had, also had all the staff come in and look at me. She gave me a perscription for steriods (pill form). The red spots disappeared quickly and the itching subsided for about 7 days, before it began again without the red spots. Taking a bath was when the itching was the worst. Having my skin wet made the itching SO MUCH WORSE that I tried to get dry as fast a I could. After having my son, the itching did not go away for about 6 weeks. I could not take sitz baths. So, healing was a struggle. I remember thinking when my skin was at its worst that it would never look the same, but it returned to normal quickly. God is so good! This "illness" is temperary, and the reward is GREAT! One word of advise from someone who did do this, Do not be coarsed into having your child early to make this all go away! My boy came into this world 17 days earlier than his due date and could not suck. The first 2 weeks of his life were no comparison to the little bit of discomfort I was feeling before he was born. He lost almost 2 lbs and we had quite a time learning together how to nurse. Pray and stay strong, it is only for a short (albeit awful) time!



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