What Is PUPPS?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

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Kelly said:   November 24, 2012 5:37 am PST
I started getting PUPPS during my second trimester. I am 34 weeks and sometimes feel that I am going to go insane with the itching. If your palms and feet are itching though, have your doctor test your bile salt levels because the itching could be a serious liver issue that can affect the baby. Fortunately, I just have PUPPS. Heat definitely intensifies the itching so stay cool. I take a cool shower when the itching becomes unbearable. In the shower, I scrub gently with Tecnu, a body wash for poison ivy. Immediately after drying off, I coat my itchy areas with Gold Bond Anti-Itch cream (the strong stuff in an orange bottle; the green bottle works well but not quite as effective). Sometimes I also use hydrocortisone cream. This routine brings me some relief for a couple of hours. My doctor prescribed benedryl which helps me sleep but doesn't really help much with the itching so I don't take it very often. Another effective way to get relief...Alka Seltzer sponge baths. Dissolve 2 tablets in water, use a sponge to wipe down your body with the fizzy water. The analgesiac in the Alka Seltzer helps to relieve the itching. DO NOT drink it! I am having a girl so the boy theory doesn't hold true for me. I hope this misery ends after I give birth. My husband says in the end this will all be worth it and I can't agree more, but at 3 am when I am in tears from the itching it can sometimes be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Elizabeth said:   October 8, 2012 6:46 am PST
I started getting PUPPS in my 38th week and am on my 4th pregnancy. I have never had it with any of my previous 3. Luckily, I am having a c-section in 4 days and can rid myself of this rash because there is nothing at all that is helping the misery!

Julia D. said:   July 19, 2012 5:32 am PST
I started with an itching belly about 32 weeks. It started mild, then took over my belly about 34 weeks, bumpy red rash that turned into patchy reddish purple skin. After starting a topical steroid cream prescribed by the dermatologist, I began to itch on the front of my thighs then back of thighs, buttocks calves. and back of arms. I'm 37 weeks now and am itching like crazy. Small red bumps everywhere. I hope it goes away fast!!!!! I can't sleep, and the heat just intensifies this. PS. This is my second pregnancy I gained 35 lbs and am having a boy...did not have this with my first boy....

Jennifer said:   July 13, 2012 3:23 am PST
I had puppps in 2006 when I was pregnant with twin boys. It started in the end of the third trimester. I tried researching it because none of the solutions they gave me worked and I had a hard time finding any info. Now a lot of people are saying they have it. What makes my case different is I would get puppps every month a week before my period. The rash would be on my upper thighs and the bottom of my feet and last about 4 days. I just found out I was pregnant because I missed my period and the rash has been here since my missed day. It's getting worse and I am really dreading the next nine months. Has anyone else got puppps before their period every month when not pregnant? Oh I am 5 weeks.

Melinda said:   July 8, 2012 6:59 pm PST
I am 33 weeks into my second pregnancy and have developed the PUPP rash. When my doctor confirmed the diagnosis I burst into tears because I battled this my first pregnancy and thought I would go insane. They didn't clear up right after delivery with my first child, who is a boy, it took 3 months. I took strong steroids after delivery which caused my milk to dry up. This child is a girl and I was hoping the lack of testosterone in my system would mean PUPPs would skip me. I took alot of baths and used this soap called Grandpa's pine tar soap, that helped me a little. Benadryl or a stronger antihistamine that the doctor can prescribe. This time I am also going to try essential oils from Young Living, peppermint oil, Melrose oil and lavender oil. You can go to the Young living website to check them out. I will also try the dandilion root as others have suggested on this site. I just want to try and stay sane for my 3 year old son who is going to have enough adjustment to deal with after his sister is born.

Sara said:   June 28, 2012 4:21 pm PST
This is my second pregnancy and Im expecting a girl. Not having twins so I guess I'm just unlucky. The rash stated to devolpe late in my first trimester and it is so itchy and unbearable. Of course this Texas heat makes it SOOO much worse. My advice is to keep cool and hydrated as heat will only make you itchier also ive been using cocoa butter all over my body 3 times a day. Its very helpful with the dyness and is soothing to the itch. Plus its inexpensive :)

Esther Brown said:   June 19, 2012 12:37 pm PST
I am 38 weeks pregnant with my first and currently have puppps. Thankfully it did not appear until just over a week ago. I cannot imagine going through this for half my pregnancy as some ladies have. It started out as just an itch on my belly within my stretch marks and I thought it was just part of the stretching. One day I woke up and noticed my belly had pink bumps on it and I thought perhaps it was irritated because I had been scratching. I'm a redhead and everything seems to bother my skin so I was not surprised when I saw a rash. At my OB appointment I showed it to the Dr. and she said it was puppps and prescribed me a steroid cream. Over this last week the rash has gotten so much worse on my belly and within the last three days has now spread to everywhere except my face. It is even between my fingers! I look and feel as though I had rolled inthe grass and am spider eaten! itches like that too. I went and got some pine tar soap and oatmeal lotion which gives temporary relief, but with it being late June and hot outside, as soon as I get warm the itching starts over again. I'm due in 12 days and praying I have this little one sooner so I can get the medicine I need to combat this thing. My pregnancy has been smooth sailing up until now. No morning sickness, no complications. So I guess this is to make up for how easy I have had it. Hanging in there!

Brandi said:   June 3, 2012 1:13 pm PST
I received my wonderful case of PUPPS at 36 weeks. I thought it was a heat rash at first because it was just on my belly. I went to my DR. appt and he looked at it and knew right off what it was. He told me to just take Claritan. Well I did/have not taken any as of today. The rash has spread down my legs from my belly. I have found that taking Benedryl with the dandelion root capsules works best for me. I also use an Eczema lotion called TriDerma Eczema Fast Healing lotion for topical releif. Hope this helps someone as I was totally caught off guard by it. BTW second pregnancy with a boy!

Sarah said:   June 1, 2012 2:44 am PST
i am one of the lucky(not) that got it afterward. i am 21/2wks pp. i started getting it about 39 weeks on my belly. Just felt extra itchy despite lotions. Got worse immediately after delivery ( like that day). i delivered at 41 weeks 2 days. It seems to be getting worse. Hoping for it to stop soon.

HEATHER said:   May 31, 2012 12:57 am PST
HI, THIS IS MY 4TH PREGNANCY AND I HAVE PUPPS AGAIN. I HAVE HAD IT FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY PREGNANCIES. THERE ARE SOME FALSEHOODS OUT THERE I WOULD LIKE TO CLEAR UP. FIRST IS THAT YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET A RASH WITH WITH THIS CONDITION. I HAVE NEVER HAD A RASH WITH ANY OF MY CASES. SECONDLY, IT DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN IN FIRST TIME PREGNANCIES. IT CAN HAPPEN IN ANY PREGNANCY, THUS ME AND MY 4TH GO AROUND WITH IT. I WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED IN MY FIRST PREGNANCY BY A DERMATOLOGIST, AND HAVE HAD THE SAME EXACT THING WITH EACH CHILD. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOUR HAVING A BOY OR GIRL. I'M IN MY 29TH WEEK AND UNFORTUNATELY DELIVERY IS NOT AN OPTION AT THIS TIME. I FEEL EXTREME COMPASSION AND EMPATHY FOR EVERY WOMAN WHO GOES THROUGH THIS. IT IS A EXTREMELY MISERABLE CONDITION AND CREAMS,ANTIHISTAMINES, AND STEROIDS DON'T ALWAYS HELP MUCH.



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