What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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karla said:   January 20, 2012 2:45 am PST
My story is a little different. PUPPS effects few pregnant women and then even rarer then that others develop it after giving birth. I started breaking out the day I gave birth to my son who is now six weeks old. This was my first pregnancy as well. It started oon myy stretch marks on my stomach and from there it spread. To my arms, palms of hand, legs, thighs, butt and bottoms of my feet. I had no idea what was going on. It drove me insane. I would cry everyday because I could barley hold my son. It should have been such a joyous time but I was miserable. I started reaading up on allergies and discovered on a site exactly what I had. I went to the doctors and she gave me a cream which just helps to calm down the itching and moisturize the skin. I had scratched it so bad it bled. She also told me to take Reactine 10mg dose its stronger then Benadryl. Its safe if yyour breastfeeding. It helped me a lot. It went away in two weeks. Now I have it again but it was after I used lanolin for myy nipples. It maybe an allergy thing? I'm not sure but its the same thing again which really sucks. Has anyone used anythhing with lanolin then had this rash? Lanolin is found in creams, lotions, shampoos aand baby products. It might just be a coincidence but you never know. Good luck everyone! Its really awful to have but you just have to hold on. Xo

Tiffany said:   January 17, 2012 10:34 pm PST
This is my third time having it and so far the worst. The rash is on my belly, chest, back and legs. My first pregnancy I had a boy, second girl, and this one currently a boy. Therefore, I don't believe it only happens with boys. I've been using aloe and aveno anti itch lotion and it only seems to help for short amounts of time. I was hoping to be spared this third time around, it really is a nuisance.

Lindsay said:   January 9, 2012 1:34 pm PST
I wish I had found this site while I was suffering with PUPPPs. I gave birth to my son in October of 2011, and had this hideous rash from September until it finally cleared in December! Even now, my neck itches with that pinchy-sting only someone who has suffered or is suffering from PUPPPs truly understands. It started on my neck, which I figured was heat related... WRONG. By the time I went into the hospital, it was getting worse and worse. I could not stop scratching (to the point my skin would bleed)... After I had my son, it went out of control! The rash was then, on my chest, under my bra line, under my armpits, down my arms, on my hands, my stomach, my sides, my back, my inner thighs, my knees! It was absolutely awful. I felt like no doctor was giving me any advice other than "it will go away eventually"... That wasn't comforting at all! My hands were so itchy! I would scratch my fingers and these strange little blisters would show up... Oh, it was a nightmare. Eventually I was written a prescription for hydrocortisone cream, and told to take benadryl. The itch wouldn't go away. I finally read about Grandpa's Pine Tar soap - and honestly, that started to help me. It stopped the itch for a while, and after using it daily, I found my skin was recovering. Aside from the pine tar soap, applying a cold compress (aka - frozen peas lol) worked well. It definitely took the sting out. I found that at a time when I should have been happy to have this beautiful baby home with me, I was fixated on this rash. It was distressing because the slightest brush by my skin, and I was instantly scratching. I'm extremely happy that it has finally cleared up, but in the future when we're ready for a 2nd child - the fear of it coming back will definitely put a damper on the joy of the prospects of another baby. To anyone who is going through this - I hope there is some comfort knowing other women have gone through it. Although, when you are currently suffering, it's no help at all... this I know all too well. - ice directly on skin - grandpas pine tar (found at health food stores) - aveeno lotion to keep your skin hydrated - loose clothing!! lol

Monica said:   January 6, 2012 10:05 pm PST
It took me awhile to relies that this rash was pregnancy related. Sometimes the skin on my calves get really dry and develop an itchy rash in the winter no matter how many creams and lotion I apply. However, this winter the rash appeared on my upper thighs, stomach and breast. The rash is really fine bumps but is very itchy. I'm 6weeks 5 days. My first appointment is in a week. Has anyone had PUPPS this early?

Kari said:   January 4, 2012 10:45 am PST
I had PUPPS with both of my 2 pregnancies (both are boys). With my first one the rash didn't appear until I was about 37 weeks. My doctor put me on a steroid cream and I swear it put me in labor because the next day he came. I remember it getting worse after he was born, and it cleared up about a week after he was here. One of my nurses in the hospital told me she had it and it got worse with each one of her pregnancies. With my 2nd boy, the rash started as I was going into my 3rd trimester.It was way worse then the first time. My doctor prescribed an allergy medicine, to help control the itching and a sleeping aide so I could sleep at night because I was up all night itching. She said it was like an allergic reaction to the pregnancy. The allergy medicine really helped a lot! But the sleeping aide made me hallucinate so I stopped taking it. With this pregnancy it cleared up as soon as he was born. I am now trying for #3 so we will see what happens.

Sara said:   January 1, 2012 11:01 pm PST
First pregnancy had pupps in third trimester. Currently 10 weeks and my stomach has already broken out. Yay for me! Was so looking forward to NOT having this again! Grrrr

Ninja said:   December 28, 2011 6:50 pm PST
To every woman that has to SUFFER from this, I am sorry. It is absolute torture. I developed pupps with my first baby (boy) around 34 weeks and it got so bad, they induced me at 39 weeks. Only to find out I am one of the rare cases and it EXPLODED the day after giving birth..So much so that it was even on my eyelids. Absolutely everywhere! I sobbed and sobbed and could not even hold my new baby. Student doctors and nurses were coming in to see just how horrible it was. Nothing helped and it stuck around until my baby was 6 months old!!! Then, my second came along and yes- boy again and pupps at 32 weeks. I was absolutely horrified. The doctor prescribed a strong steroid ointment it helped a little but not enough to make me comfortable in the least..( and it actually stretches your skin so watch out if you already have stretch marks because they get worse.) I had it severe and I was induced again. It came and went (although not as bad as my first) until my 2nd was 10 months old!!...I noticed it would come back around the time I had pms, so I concluded it came back when my hormones were on the rise. Also, it came back if I was stressed. Went to a couple of skin dr.s and nothing helped. However this is how I learned to control pupps with my 2nd baby so I did not go seriously insane. 1.Grandpas Pine Tar Soap... every time you shower. never scrub pupps, use your hands only. 2. sounds weird but banana peels on the rash for about 15 minutes...it starts to burn and then takes the itch away for an hour or so. It also kind of starts to scab over the pupps..(something about the potassium..) 3. Try and not let clothes touch your skin. 4. cold quick showers (my husband would put ice all over my body). 5. try not to itch (I hated when people said that to me- its impossible) I am pregnant again (gulp) but am only 11 weeks and I swear its a girl so we'll see if the evil pupps returns... No ore babies for me either way! I know its soooo hard but remember this shall pass...You got your little sidekicks forever!!!!! Stay strong.

carrie srednicki said:   December 25, 2011 7:54 am PST
this is my second pregnancy and im 11 weeks now and got PUPPS! im only pregnant with one baby so this is out of the normal?? its bad on my butt and legs...barley on my stomach but are there? is this possible?? Thanks for your time!

lissi brown said:   December 22, 2011 8:25 am PST
omg scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch !!! Itch Itch Itch Itch!!! I got PUPPS at 40 weeks pregnant. I was 2 weeks overdue and itching and scratchig like crazy! I think I made my stretchmarks worse :( They wern't that bad until I had this PUPPS thing in the marks! I have tried everything, Benadryl cream, Calamine lotion, hydrocortisone, aloe etc etc. Nothing worked. I finally had my baby 15 days late on 9/11/2011. My baby is now 6 weeks old. The rash seemed to migrate down to the backs of my legs, and round the sides of my stomach almost to my back!! Its the worst thing ever. The only thing that numbed some of it was because I had a C-section and I was numb on my belly near the cut! I went to my GP several times but he just prescribed me what i was already using, except he also gave me Piriton but that was making the baby throw up :( I can't believe I've had this now for 2 months. I have not hardly left the house because I itch so bad and look like I got fleas. I wish it would just go away. Its almost gone. I hope its gone for Christmas! That would be the best present ever!! (oh and I had a baby boy) x

leanne alcantara said:   December 17, 2011 5:46 pm PST
im ten weeks pregnant , with twins , dont know sex yet, i have recently had rashes appear on my arms and legs , not on my tummy , i took benedryl cos i thought it was an allergy which helped, doctor said it could be pupps , but it doesnt look as pronounced as the pics u were showing , mine is like red and white blothches is that normal ?

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