What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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samrita said:   February 28, 2012 11:20 am PST
i had outbreak of pupps in my 32 week of pregnancy.This is my first pregnancy and it was horrible and itching was terrible.although everywhere it says do not itch but i seriously cannot help it.I used a menthol cream on it which helped me a little bit but other than that nothing worked.i am in my 34 week now and rash has calmed down a lot now.hopefully another few weeks to go for me and it doesn't come back but i seriously feel for everyone that has gone through this terrible rash.

Wanda said:   February 17, 2012 5:47 pm PST
8 years ago when I was about 20 wks pregnant with my daughter I got pupps. It started out on my belly and spread to my legs and arms within days. Cold compresses was the only thing that help. I ended up being overdue with my baby girl by one week and they induced my labor. The rash was so bad the hospital packed me in ice after I delivered. They put me on steroids right away. Steroids didn't help, I continued on steroids for six months with not much relief. I visited a dermatologist about every two weeks and even had my thyroid checked for imbalances. They couldn't figure, out why I still had the rash. While on vacation I broke out even worse (I guess due o being hot) my husband didn't give me a choice and took me to the ER! They told me to continue on my steroids but also start taking Tagamet and an allergy medicine. Needless to say in less then a week I felt like a new person. I am now 15 weeks pregnant with my 2nd praying I don't have to deal with pupps again!

Nikki said:   February 13, 2012 11:16 pm PST
DANDELION ROOT & Ice packs!! I developed PUPPS at 36 wks at first on my belly. Every day it spread to a new location- belly-thighs-hands-feet-shins-backs of lower legs-inner upper arms-buttocks with no end in sight. The itching was terrible. I took benadryl around the clock, tried hydrocortisone creams to no avail. ICE PACKS were the only cure to stop itching fits. I literally wrapped them around my legs and hands with ace bandages in order to fall asleep. At 37.5 wks I was scheduled to be induced (due to PUPPS and a big baby) and I decided to try DANDELION ROOT capsules. Within 2-3 days the rash had certainly stopped progressing and began to clear up. I went to deliver a healthy baby boy a few days later not itching at all! If you're in the PGH area- I still have a huge bottle I can share! :)

Ann said:   February 13, 2012 10:58 pm PST
I suffered with pupps with all 3 of my children.The first started at about 18-19 weeks my second pregnancy began at about 24 weeks and the third was about 31 weeks. I am curious why with each child it was a little later in my pregnancy? I was diagnosed after my third pregnancy with celiac and before going on my gluten free diet I continued to have break outs on my back and feet.My hives cleared up after having my children of coarse but about a month after the third I was breaking out on my ankles and lower back with hive like blisters about the size of a pin head. I just wonder if there is a link? The symptoms are quite a bit alike as far as the external symptoms of celiac. The itching was so much like pups I was scared it came back. After going to several doctors I was diagnosed. Has anyone else had symptoms afterward?

Rebecca said:   February 11, 2012 4:40 pm PST
Our stories all sound to similar. The itching is so horrible and it helps to know I'm not the only one. It also helps my husband realize that I can't just use my will power to stop itching. I first got the rash on my belly at about 26 weeks. That was only three weeks ago and I just hate to think of how I'm going to get through the next 9-13 weeks. This is my second pregnancy and I didn't get this at all with my first, who was a 9 lb boy. I also breast fed him for 20 months. I can't imagine this continuing after delivery. I sincerely hope it goes away with the arrival our this second (and last thankfully) child. We didn't find out if this child is a boy or a girl. I think cold helps it, so I've put a cold pack on it from time to time, but it only helps me stop the itching while the cold pack is on my belly. Some nights are much worse than others and I can't think of anything I'm doing differently to cause the change. I will try pine tar soap, dandelion root (tea? oil? capsules, what exactly?), Aveeno oatmeal, and Sarna to see if any help. Has anyone found that there's any chance to diet that helps? More water, more protein, less protein, less sugar...?

maria said:   February 10, 2012 8:49 am PST
I had PUPPPS with my daughter 12 yrs ago, I broke out in the hospital after they induced me & broke my water, no one in the hospital knew what it was, not the Dr's, nurses, latition specialist, or anyone else they thought it was from the 'other medications' that were used during labot. Anyway, a week went by & it the rash was getting worse, they finally referred me to a dermatologist & he knew exactly what it was...he told me (basically) that it's an "Allergy to the hormones that produce the Breast Milk", I didn't have to STOP Breast feeding, but it wouldn't go away until I did, I tried didn't stuff on my rash, but nothing seemed to work, it just spread! I was miserable!!! And 'postpardum' was setting in because of it! Not good for the baby or a new mom still trying to figure out what to do! So I stopped breast feeding & it went away completely! 12 yrs later (at 40!:) I am pregnant with my 2nd child(finally) I'm due in 2 1/2 weeks, & the rash has returned about a month in a half ago...I think the reason some woman get it during pregnancy is because their 'milk' starts to come in early & sometimes it comes in after the baby is born! This time it started on my calves, & last night, I couldn't sleep because my whole body was ichy!! :( I've only heard of MAYBE a hand full of people that have even heard of this, & they have only heard of it cuz they have had it...I think it should be in more books & the Drs should warn their patients of this, just in case, like they would about any other 'pregnancy/ post pregnancy' alment! I'm gonna TRY to breast feed so my baby gets a little bit of colostrum, otherwise I will have to stop! :( I hope this helps someone out there! It's a miserable rash! And there REALLY should be more info on this out there! Thank you for providing some!! <3 :o)

emma said:   February 8, 2012 7:11 am PST
Thanks for taking the time to set up this web site, I have meant to do one myself as I could have done with a useful web site 6 years ago when I couldn't find anything about PUPPPS the doctors were rubbish and it wasn't until I insisted on being referred to a dermatologist that I found out the answers! Well Done you! you will help lots of women take comfort that they are not alone! Has anyone got problems with rashes since PUPPPS I still have problems, not as bad as the full blown PUPPPS. I am seeing my dermatologist this week, he is bewildered by the fact that I still continue to have rashes when I am not pregnant. He had never seen the rash go away and come back after a pregnancy. I had to stop breast feeding with my second daughter as it seemed that was making me more itchy so maybe there is some hormone connection!?

emma said:   February 8, 2012 7:03 am PST
Hi, To all those poor ladies out there that are currently suffering from PUPPS. I do sympathise, I had it in 2 pregnancies and it took all the enjoyment of my pregnancy away! I had it quite early on too, at about 4 months I think. I would like to say thought that I have 2 lovely girls, now 6 and 3 and all the itching was worth it. I saw a wonderful dermatologist who gave me many creams, nothing really worked although creams with menthol added seemed to take the edge off! I took steroids in the end which I think helped a bit. I do still have little rashes appear now and then which I can cope with. I don't understand why as it isn't due to prenancy but it seems that I am prone to rashes now. Does anyone else suffer with rashes since? Good luck to you all, I won't say don't scratch as I understand how difficult it is not to but cut your nails short so you do less damage! I emphathise with anyone who is reading this. Take Care and Good Luck xx

nydia said:   February 5, 2012 1:22 am PST
I had it at 10 weeks pregnant and it went away and came back in my third trimester its very irritating

Kendra said:   February 4, 2012 4:34 pm PST
I'm posting this in hopes that other women who suffer from PUPPS can read about what helped me and maybe use it to help themselves. I vividly remember searching in vain on the Internet to find something, anything, that would take away the pain, itching and burning of PUPPS and I'll share what helped me. It was my first pregnancy and I was pregnant with twins. I developed the rash that we all know so well, PUPPS. I did research online before seeing my doctor and she confirmed that it was probably PUPPS. Although an excellent OB-GYN, she could really offer nothing but some antihistamines, prescriptions for steroid creams, and advice to try OTC creams as well. I tried EVERY OTC cream .. SARNA, Gold Bond, Aveeno, anything I could get my hands on. NOTHING WORKED. The prescription creams and antihistamine pills did absolutely nothing as well. The only thing that helped was to scratch so hard that I would bleed ... because the pain of the bleeding was better than that terrible, intense itch. I saw a few obscure references to Dandelion Root and decided to try that as well. I went to the health store and grabbed a bottle. Ladies, within a few days that rash was GONE. Completely gone!!! I know it says that PUPPS cannot be cured, just treated, but for me, within days of taking Dandelion Root, it was gone!!! I shared what had happened with my doctor, and told her to advise any patient of hers that had PUPPS to give it a try because it sure worked for me. I'd encourage any of you to try it as well. By the way, I went on to deliver two healthy identical twin boys. So, maybe the idea that it happens more to women who have larger pregnancies and are carrying boys is true - I had the double whammy there!!! Give Dandelion Root a try. After weeks of almost unbearable pain, it was what helped me.

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