What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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Ashly Boughton said:   December 15, 2011 9:28 am PST
i got PUPPS about a week ago and im 32 weeks pregnant and its my first one and its a boy and nothing seems to be working for me . i wake up crying i hate it maybe ill find some relief some how

Heather Thorup said:   December 14, 2011 7:37 pm PST
I got pupps with my 1st pregnancy, a boy, when I was about 36 or so weeks. I tried a mixture of hytrocortisone with aloe vera and that seemed to help the most. I also use that for bad sun burns. I tried baths with oatmeal and salt, lotions, etc. The only thing that helped temporarily was putting ice all over to numb the itching. I could only sleep a few hours a night it was miserable. The only thing that finally helped was steroid pills my OB gave me. Eventually the pupps spread to my toes, fingers, sides, thighs, butt. I am pregnant again and super nervous I will get this again. I am careful what I put on me now, and I'm already using Lanolin for my breasts they seem the most dry. Staying cool helps, good luck!

Angela said:   December 14, 2011 4:41 pm PST
hi. i had PUPPs with my last baby, toward the end of my pregnancy. i was elated when i made it through this last pregnancy without it, as we who have experienced it know, PUPPs is clearly the devil incarnate! so three days after having my third baby (she was born Dec 2nd, 2011) i started having wicked itching on my tummy. thought it was just my abdominal skin going back to normal after having her. here we are, the 13th of December, and it is a full on case of PUPPs again! so online i go to find out about PUPPs after pregnancy. for those who have had it post pregnancy, you as i found, can find very little info about it. it's rare to start with, but to have it after, even rarer yet! so i found Emily's story (posted Dec 4, 2011) about her experience with PUPPs post pregnancy and how Dandelion root worked for her. i have a question, to which I have found no answer, and that is, is it safe to consumer dandelion root if you are nursing? i am exclusively nursing my daughter and am quite eager to try the dandelion root in order to gain some relief from the evil PUPPs. any and all info would be so very appreciated! good luck to you gals suffering from this wicked itchiness. :)

Brittnay Haas said:   December 12, 2011 9:51 am PST
I am 14 weeks and I broke out in a rash at about 10 weeks on my legs, that looked like hives almost! so I took benadryl, and still dint get any better, So i scheduled an appointment with my family doctor and she wasnt sure what the rash is! se told me it could be PUPPPS but she said it was early to get it! This is my second pregnancy and i go to my OB this friday and i will soon find out what the rash really is! :(

Emily said:   December 4, 2011 3:24 PM PST
Hi, I currently have a 7 month old strapping boy named Maverick! About 3 weeks before I got induced I started getting itchy and red on my tummy. I showed the doctor because I went there every two weeks (because I had a short cervix) and she told me it was just the stretch marks coming into play. The itching got worse! It started spreading all over my tummy and was whelped up and the most annoying thing ever. I couldnt sleep or do anything. I was constantly pissed off because I literally could not stop itching. Those of you who have had bad cases know what Im talking about. The doctors told me to take benadryl which helped me sleep the first two nights then had no effect on me at all. Never made the itching stop either. Then they told me to use small doses of the benadryl cream. Then they suggested hyrocortizone cream. nothing worked. I was literally complaining about my stomache itching more than the pain from my birth. I was induced. which Ive heard is much worse than waiting for it to come about. My epideral machine broke 3 times and I was in labor for 12 hours and had a 9 pound kid. There are pictures of my mom dabbing my huge stomache with calamine lotion which barely works for about 15-30 minutes before you have to reapply. I had my baby and moved into the other room. My rash began spreading horribly. It cover my entire thights front and back huge whelps. My hands looked swollen because they were so puffy and red. All over my arms. My stomache at this point was excruciating and peeling because I literally could not stop scratching! I called the nurse into my room and explained to her that I had the rash and I had been doing research and thought I had pupps. She looked at me with confusion and said she had never heard of it. I asked her to get me the head nurse so I could ask her. The head nurse didnt know either. They called the doctor in after they gave me some kind of antihistamine that didnt work at all. My pain meds wouldnt even stop the itching and I stopped taking the vicodin because it made me itch more. The doctor told me I had pupps and that he had never seen a real case of it before because its so rare. He prescribed me steroid pills and cream which did absolutely nothing except probably taint my breast milk. I went back and they upped my dose of steroid cream and pills. Nothing happened at all the pain was horrible. I never slept. I had the rash for three weeks after my birth and it just kept getting worse and worse. I tried the sarna lotion and all the other remedies I had looked up online out of desperation like you probably are doing right now. I want you to pay extra close attention because this is no joke! I want to explain first that when looking up remedies most of them say it just helped relieve a few symptomes and most women replied that it did nothing at all and that they were freaking out. I literally cried almost all day and night towards the end because I couldnt take it. I came across a website that suggested dandelion root. I made my boyfriend go out and get it because i was just itching my whole body and couldnt take it anymore. He brought me back the kind that comes in liquid with a dropper and the instructions I read online said to squirt one full dropper into a drink or alone and repeat 3-4 times a day. The first time I drank it I almost instantly felt relief. The swelling goes down and you feel calm. I continued this treatment for about a week and a half and it was completely gone. I know I gave you a long explanation. But I wanted people to know exactly what I tried and how severe my case was. I hope this helps alot of women like it helped me. Good luck mommies!! One thing I forgot to mention. When it gets really bad you can get some of that old timy tar soap. It smells wierd but it is amazing as well in times of greatly needed relief. Only bathe with it and not regular soap.

Vasudha said:   December 3, 2011 3:19 PM PST
I am in my 37th week and have rashes all over my body, specially arms, legs and hips. Reading all the information, I think its PUPPS. Nothing really helped (tried the lotions, anti-itch cream etc). Then I found a great homemade treatment which helped a lot (the itching was down for almost 3 hours and I had to wake up only once in the night to apply the mix again). A a lot of Basil leaves (Tulsi as known in India) and dip it in water for about 15 minutes and grind it. Apply this ll over the rashes. Trust me this really helped. Hope this helps you guys, all the best!

Lisa said:   December 3, 2011 5:17 am PST
I developed my rash after the birth of my son while I was still in the hospital. My mom and I noticed a rash developing the first night in the hospital and every nurse that looked at it said, "no, I think it's just stretch marks". It was TERRIBLY itchy and my mom was the only person that believed I was developing a rash/hives. She kept looking at it saying, "Lisa, you definitely have the hives starting..." The first week I was home it was miserable. On top of no sleep and breastfeeding for the first time ever, I was trying to control a horrible rash on my abdomen. My stretch marks grew together and became huge purple welts. My OB said take Benedryl and use hydrocortisone cream, which didn't help. After 1 week I saw my allergist and thankfully she had heard of PUPPS. But when I told her that mine started AFTER the birth, she said "you're rare girl, it only happens to .5% of postpartum women". She put me on prednisone for 5 days and that seemed to help but did't cure it all together. During that first week when my abdomen was the worst, I piled on the cocoa butter and put a tissue on top of it so I could wear clothes. I would repeat this several times a day to feel some relief. Eventually, my abdomen healed but then it spread to my arms,legs and breasts. Ultimately, time is the cure. My abdomen healed in about 2 weeks and I'm still waiting for the other areas to heal. It's been 3 weeks since I delivered my son and I'm hopeful that it will continue to go away with time. I also tried Claritin, Allegra and Aveno Baths but none of these are a total itch cure. So now I'm taking nothing and just waiting on the clock.

Kara Thompson said:   August 20, 2011 3:57 pm PST
i got the rash almost 2 weeks ago i will be 37 weeks monday this is my first pregnancy. this is the most miserable thing i have ever had noone could tell me what it was i got treated for chiggers,fleas and mites by a local clinic then i went to OB and showed her and she told me what it was why i didnt go to her first is beyond me. so by that time i had put everything on it. aloe with menthol(which helps cool it) benadryl cream,cortizone,hydrocortizone (prescribed by the clinic) my ob gave me steroids they didnt touch the rash. the only thing that has really helped with the itch is gold bond maximum relief lotion. i take benadryl and claritin everyday. my doctor finally said lets induce you because she has nevere seen the pupps as bad as mine and all over the place so hopefully after wednesday which is when im being induced the rash wont stay around too long after.

Miranda said:   August 18, 2011 9:09 pm PST
I first noticed the rash at 16 weeks, but after a week it went away. When I was 24 weeks it had came back up and was way worse. started on my belly and spread to my back. I made an appointment with my PCP and he thought it was folliculitis. He perscribed me an antibiotic which never helped. I am now 29 weeks and still have the rash. Just a few days ago my OBGYN finally diagnosed me with PUPPS. The rash has since spread from my belly and back to my breasts, butt and now my thighs, and a few spots on my calves. Benedryl and creams seem to have no relief for me. I'm miserable. Sure hope I can make it another 11 weeks. Going to try the oatmeal bath tonight. Thanks for the info on home remedies.

sue said:   August 18, 2011 4:40 pm PST
Saw a dermatologist today..everything ive been doing has further irritated my pupps..only shower if necessary,the water dries it. All of the creams and lotions dont provide much relief because this is under the skin. Best lotion or cream is vasoline as it has oils most like your skin. I had to start steroid cream and oral tomorrow and im hoping i find some comfort. I dont want others to make the same mistake thinking showers and oatmeal baths help..hecput it like this, lick chapped lips and it feels better for a minute, keep doing it and your lips end up burning and dry..the same as water on pupps. Hope this helps a bit.

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