What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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hillary said:   February 3, 2012 2:01 pm PST
To kim: when someone told you that the rash was a reaction from your liver and baby, they were speaking about cholestasis which is a completely different rash. That rash cholestasis can be dangerous to the baby, as for PUPPPS it has no damaging effects to the baby it just happens to be EXTREMELY uncomfortable. I'm 39 weeks pregnant and I realized I had puppps about 2 weeks ago, started on my bum. I would itch and figured it was just stretch marks itching... which was correct.. what i didnt know is that it was puppps and would soon spread... It then spread to my thighs, my lower legs, my arms, my abdomen.. and it is now even spreading to my shoulder... Because it's hard to distinguish if it's puppps or cholestasis I had a blood test done as the treatments vary between the two.. so Now i wait to either find out the results, or have the baby.... For those of you out there who aren't sure which of the 2 rashes you have.. becareful.. cholestasis rashs advice you NOT to use aveeno oatmeal baths, when i did use one i itched and my body stung like crazy... So be aware of which rash you truly have and consult a doctor first before using any at home method... Benadryl 50mg, will help you sleep but chances of it helping with the itch are very slim... i'm currently using that.. and it does nothing to help the itch, but i can sleep through a whole night now without waking up itching. hope this helped

Tracy Hunt Eurey said:   February 2, 2012 5:09 pm PST
I am 17 weeks pregnant and am getting a rash on my abdomen that is slowly spreading everyday. I saw my OB today and he said it is strange to see it so early on, but it is sure what it looks like. The pictures online frighten me - especially since I have another 5 months to go. I am hoping it is a contact dermatitis and will go away!!

Sally said:   February 2, 2012 12:49 pm PST
This is my 3rd pregnancy, and another girl at that. PUPPS is horrible. All I want to do is stop itching!!! My OB is too concerned, and just tells me to 'wait it out.' After doing my own research on the subject, my Great-Aunt recommended Grandpa's Wonder Pine Tar Soap. ***warning-it smells disgusting!!*** :) you can find it at most whole food markets, organic shops, even at some hardware stores, also on amazon.com. Just shower as usual in lukewarm water, the itching will be better, but the redness stays.

said:   February 2, 2012 1:51 am PST
I loved your website and think it is a wonderful helpful place for good information. As a clinical provider I just wanted to let you know its medically referred to as PUPPPs not PUPPs.

Kim said:   January 31, 2012 10:07 am PST
I had PUPPS when I was pregnant with my daughter and I swear it drove me insane. I didnt sleep at night because all I would do is itch and scratch my skin, hoping for relief. But the relief never came. After trying everything possible, I finally found a lotion that helped a little, and I was happy with the little bit of relief for a few minutes. Its called Sarna and you can find it in most drug stores. I was told by one person that the rash was due to a reaction with my liver and the baby. I don't know if that is true, but there is so little information out there about this horrible rash that I don't know what to believe. It was little help to hear the doctor say it would go away after delivery. It eventually went away, but not as quickly as I was hoping. I guess I thought that it would magically disappear after the birth. If you do take Benadryl for the itching, be aware that it may affect your milk supply. My daughter came prematurely and since I had taken benadryl, my milk took forever to come in. Im so sorry for anyone else going through this. Good luck and know that I sympathize for you!!

Gemma Shannon said:   January 30, 2012 5:00 pm PST
I had PUPPP when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my son in 2003. It was one of the most horrific experience of my life!!! The rash has scared my legs and spread all over my body right upto my neck, nobody knew what it was until I looked on this web page! I gave birth to my daught in 2010 and never had any symptoms... thank goodness! I really sympathise with any women who develops this as it is truely vile xx

Erica said:   January 30, 2012 11:07 am PST
I had PUPPS in my stretch marks a couple of days before my delivery. Within an hour after my delivery it began spreading. I had it everywhere but my face. The itching was terrible! It made it difficult for me to enjoy my time at home with my son. I had it for about three months with continuous itching. I tried everything!!! The Dr. prescribed steroids. I used creams, benadryl, oatmeal baths, aloe. Everything I could think of. Pine tar soap gave some relief and cold compresses as well. I would take an ice pack to bed with me. I also used a soft bristle bruch to scratch which was amazing. There is no way I could go through this without scratching. Eventually it went away. Now my son is seven months old, and my PUPPS is coming back! Has this happened to anyone? Not as bad as before quite yet, but I've had it on my chest the worst for about three weeks. I have some patches on my arms and legs as well. I know it is PUPPS. How can we find a cure for this! So terrible!

Hiedi said:   January 29, 2012 5:43 am PST
I first had PUPPS when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my daughter in 2010. It was awful! The rash was ona my belly and spread to my chest and arms. None of the topical creams worked. I decided to do a little online research and I found my cure! A&D diaper rash ointment! I applied the ointment and wrapped silk around my abdomen so I could wear cotton over it. Silk does not irritate the skin. After two days my PUPPS was nearly gone. The intense itching went from a 15! to a 3 on a scale of 1 thru 10. I was so relieved. Now, I'm am 35 weeks pregnant with my son and PUPPS decided to visit me again which is OK by me. I have my A&D diaper rash ointment and my silk on my side that will cure the symptoms. Best of luck!

Andrea said:   January 27, 2012 3:48 pm PST
I had PUPPS with my first child (a girl) who is now 3. It went away when I gave birth but came back over the course of the last 3 years at least four times. Never as bad, just little patches here and there. I had THREE biopsies because they denied that I could have the rash while not pregnant. Now I am 24 weeks with my second (another girl) and it is spreading like crazy. Belly, up my neck, back. With my first it got so bad it was in my crotch area and even on my scalp (no eyelids like Ninja...phew). The ONLY two things that have helped me are the Grandpa's Tar Soap and Eucerin calming itch-relief cream. Neither lasts very long but they tried to put me on Prednisone with my first and I refused to put steroids into my baby's blood stream. I know we all get so desperate to do something, anything, to make this go away but since there is no cure (including all of those steroid creams and pills) we just have to make due with what we have: each other and some good advice. I am going to try banana peels...you never know.

Lorie said:   January 21, 2012 1:17 am PST
I had PUPPS during my first pregnancy. I didn't get it until maybe 35 weeks (around that time). My doctor put me on steroid pills and cream. I am not pregnant with my second child and think that I have it again, only right now I am 15 weeks pregnant and am very upset to hear that I might have to deal with this itch until the beginning of June :( I hope some of these treatments help!

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