What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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Ashley Cook said:   August 17, 2011 7:36 pm PST
I developed this rash in 2009 with my son at 32 weeks!! The dr didn't know what it was at first.. They thought that I was having an allergic reaction to a new soap I had used! Little did I know that I was pretty much allergic to my son and it wasn't going to go away until birth! When it didn't go away after a week my dr diagnosed me with PUPPPs! We tried the creams that would relieve for a little while but nothing for more than 20 minutes! Oatmeal bathes made it worse and burned because I had open sores from scratching! I finally got my dr to give me a corticosteriod and I decided to try Calamine lotion. First I started with the clear so that you couldn't tell I had it on but when it dries up it flakes and makes you itch more than ever! So I tried the original pink Calamine and it helped a lot! Granted it didn't completely take the itch away but it did so that I could get a little bit of sleep! I stayed dowsed in it alllll day long!! I'm pretty sure I had it everywhere (I literally mean everywhere) except my face.... my neck, arms, legs, boobs, feet, butt, and even my woman area!! Not down there but up top!! It was horrible and not to mention that it didn't go away within a week or two! Try 2 and 1/2 months later it finally went away! Granted I felt an instant relief after my son was born and the placenta was out but it still itched a little and it was still an ugly nasty rash all over!! If I can find some pictures I will send them your way!! Good luck ladies!!! Stay cool... literally!!!

Sarah said:   August 17, 2011 9:41 am PST
I had puppps when pregnant with my son and am still struggling with it while nursing. For me it started in my 2nd trimester and just got worse and worse. I was constantly itchy and nothing helped. I looked like I had walked through a mosquito nest, I had raised red bumps all over! I tried 4 different antihistamines, all including Benadryl, stopped working in a week or less. I tried prescription and non perception itch creams. nothing worked for long. I also saw 4 different doctors and finally in the end it got so bad that I ended up in the ER in my 3rd trimester because the rash spread to my face making my ears and eyes swell and I couldn't sleep at all. The ER sent me home with Benadryl which stopped working in 24hr but at least let me sleep. A few days later a midwife finally but me on prednisone which finally kicked it for a while. It came back since I'm nursing and now prednisone isn't working either but thankfully it is not as bad as when i was pregnant. Anyway, the short version of my long nightmare with puppps. I feel for any who has the misfortune to get this!

Kirstie said:   August 11, 2011 7:25 pm PST
I am 37 weeks pregnant and after going to the doctors i was told that i had PUPPS i was giving steroid cream which to be honest is rubbish my itchiness is becoming worse and is keeping me up all night which is driving me insane, i shall be trying the other tips that have been mentioned and hope it works for me.

Sheri said:   August 10, 2011 10:40 am PST
I'm 27 weeks pregnant with identical twin boys. Puppps has taken over my body! The only helpful part is that normally only one area is itchy at a time. I have a steroid cream that seems to help and Aveeno cream with menthol. I will be trying the baking soda and cold showers now after reading these things helped others out.

Juliana said:   August 9, 2011 6:42 pm PST
I'm currently at 34 weeks with my first (a boy) and am having the worst time with PUPPS... I was diagnosed at 28 weeks with it after it appeared on the back of my arms and hips. After a visit to the dermatologist, she took a biopsy and narrowed down to PUPPS. Since I was so early on in my pregnancy, my dermatologist gave me a steroid cream. (This, after trying EVERYTHING under the sun first: tubes of OTC hydrocortisone creams, Benadryll, Aveeno oatmeal baths, cold showers, ice packs -- even pine tar soap!) At first the cream worked and the rash went away, but it has since reappeared & is now in full force. My dermatologist has since given me another steroid cream, but it's not working. It's now on my legs, arms, tops of my feet and hands, buttocks and belly. It's so itchy that it's beyond bad... I realize I only have 6 weeks left, but I don't know if I can survive it. None of the creams are working and it's driving me absolutely crazy -- I can't sleep properly, I'm damaging my skin by scratching -- apparently, even in my sleep! I have no self-control. I'm so glad to have found this site because I see there's a light at the end of the tunnel -- once I give birth. I just pray that I'm not one of the unlucky ones that get stuck with it after birth... But more than anything, it is just very sad to realize that one is allergic to being pregnant. :(

Kara said:   August 8, 2011 6:37 am PST
I have develpoed the rash at 35 weeks pregnant. I am having a boy and its my first pregnant. I have seen my doctor and they immediately did blood work to rule out that is was not my liver causing this horrible painful rash. Results came back fine and its Puppps. I have tried oatmeal baths( joke) hyrdocortizone cream, gold bond lotion felt great at first then burned like fire after about 5 min. i have also tried aloe which burned like crazy too. Cold rags have helped soothe the pain somewhat and alot of benadry. Doctors orders were 2 pills ( 50 mg) every 6-8 hours. going back to doctor today . I will be trying grandpa's pine and tar soap next ... and sarna cream that i have read on the websites gave a little relief... we shall see. Praying everyday that he may come a little early! good luck to all..

Danielle said:   July 30, 2011 12:31 pm PST
I started noticing a rash in my early 2nd trimester. I had been out walking the dogs the weekend before so the doctor wrote it off as being poison ivy (even though I've never had it before). At week 32 I started getting a rash all over my body. After doing my own research I realised I was developing the dreadful PUPPS rash. My doctor then confirmed in week 33. My doctor told me to take Claritin in the morning, use steroid creme and benedryl spray through out the day, take an Aveeno bath at night and my anahisthamine before bed. Even with all 5 remedies, nothing was working. I hadn't slept in 2 weeks and things weren't looking up. I finally went to the dermatologist and he gave me some oral steriods, told me to try some other calming lotion, and continue with my anahisthamines. It's only day 2 of my oral steroids and I'm praying it gives me more relief. I have found something to calm the itching. Anything with aloe, lidocaine, and menthol (basically any soothing gel for sunburns) helps tremendously! I was using Sooth-A-Caine and ran out but I can't find it anywhere anymore. So I went and bought some Aloe gel with Litocaine and Menthol. It's a pain in the butt to put all over my body but at least I get a few hours of relief! Now if only I could find something to cool my hands and feet (they feel like they're on fire!) I'd be a happy camper. If things don't start looking better I plan on being induced at 38 weeks. Hope this helps you guys. Good luck!

Hayley said:   July 30, 2011 11:44 am PST
I am currently 34wks pregnant with twins and just developed full blown PUPPS a few days ago. It started with my stretch marks feeling itchy about a week or so ago, and then slowly I thought I could feel some bumps (my stretch marks are on my lower belly and I can't see them). Anyway, a few days ago the bumps became super itchy and inflamed...hello PUPPS! I am determined to keep it at bay and hopefully prevent it spreading. So far I have tried several things but have found the following to work best: -bathe area twice per day with pine tar soap using a facecloth for a little abrasion -bath in the evening with Aveeno oatmeal bath treatment -mix Aveeno Baby Daily Care lotion with 6 to 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender. I've been applying it after I bathe and once or twice during the day I am moderately itchy still but I think this treatment is starting to dry out the rash. Time will tell I guess. I tried she a butter and emu oil and found both aggravated the rash more then anything.

Becky said:   July 29, 2011 11:47 am PST
I am currently still pregnant! Got PUPPS late in my second trimester. Did everything the midwives advised - oatmeal baths, ect. Then I decided to do what I always do for skin issues - sea salt baths. That worked. Within days, the rash was nothing more than dry patches. Stopped doing the baths, the rash would come back after a bit. So! Sea salt baths a few times a week, lotion and oil like crazy because you will be very dry.. and it works. For me at least :)

Heather said:   July 23, 2011 8:38 pm PST
In 2008 I was 32 weeks pregnant with our daughter and began getting a rash (PUPPS) on my stomach, spreading to my forearms and legs. After going to a dermatologist, ordering grandpas brand soap, and trying everything I could possibly think of to get rid of or lessen the severity of PUPPPS my blood pressure began to raise. Not only did my BP go up, I began swelling up like a balloon. Went to labor and delivery on a sunday morning (could hardly open my eyes I was so swollen) was started on magnesium sulfate to reduce the possiblity of a stroke, and my OB attempted inducing me. by 6am the next morning (monday) my BP had skyrocketed to 190/120 and an emergency c-section was done. I do believe that PUPPPS was the cause of the emergency c-section, causing pre-eclampsia. Although my OB says this is uncertain, it is my beliefs. I am today 23 weeks pregnant with a boy this time, and have had NO signs of this nasty rash!! I am scheduled for a c-section (not my choice) at 39 weeks. Lets hope this little guy doesn't cause any problems like his sister did! Good luck to all you women who have to deal with this!

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