PUPPS

Megan - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am wondering if anyone has ever had PUPPS while they were pregnant. I had it and I have never met anyone else who has had it.

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Cecilia - posted on 09/25/2012

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I had it. Right 3 days after delivering my twins (at 37 weeks). It probably started a little before that, in my stretch marks...I thought it was just itch...

When it really started it took me by surprise. I thought the hard part was over with the labor pain. Well. THis itch was the worst of all. When you don't have any idea this can happen, it really takes you by surprise. Its hives, all sliding down from your belly down to your legs and feet. if you scratch, they 'light up' like fire ant bites! Really, you can actually see them 'flashing' red. Anyway, if you call your doctor, you would probably get a ' its just that you must be allergic to some of the medications from the labor process"... and will probably prescribe an anthistaminic. They do not take it seriously... probably because they are not itching!!

But it really helped me to find out in the internet, pictures and descriptions of this PUPPS thing, that looks like is more common during pregnancy that afterwords. So, there is hope. What worked for me was Dandelion Rooth capsules for 5 days, and anthistaminic and caladril just to calm the itch while the capsules worked. Also there is a black soap that calms the fire down, its called " Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap". I needed to write down my experience, hopefully someone finds this usefull. Best wishes.

Daria - posted on 07/16/2009

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"Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy



PUPPIt's not uncommon to feel itchy during your pregnancy – this will mostly be felt around your stomach and breasts and is usually caused by your changing hormones and your stretching skin



If you do suffer from common issues, such as dry skin, eczema or food allergies then these may be made worse over the course of your pregnancy



Some pregnant women may also experience more intense itchiness during pregnancy. This is often seem in conjunction with itchy, red bumps and larger patches of a hive-like rash on their bellies. This is known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) or polymorphic eruption of pregnancy and will effect about 1% of pregnant women



PUPPP will usually effects women who are in their first pregnancy, carrying twins, and is usually at its worst during the third trimester

Appearance of PUPPS



PUPP usually starts around the stretch marks on the stomach and breasts, as small red bumps and the will grow to form larger blotches of red bumps. Once the PUPP rash makes its appearance it usually spreads to the thighs, buttocks, breasts, and arms

What Causes PUPP?



No one is certain of what may cause PUPP, as it is not associated with other complications such as preeclampsia, hormonal abnormalities or fetal abnormalities



There are however some theories, and we stress that these are just theories:



PUPP Theory One: Some investigators suggest that the rapid abdominal wall distension damages connective tissue and causes an inflammatory response



PUPP Theory Two: One study has shown that male fetal DNA can be found in skin biopsies of the rash. Since 70% of women with PUPPP give birth to boys, a new hypothesis is that male fetal DNA acts as a skin irritant

How is PUPP Treated?



In most cases treatment of PUPP involves high strength steroid creams or ointments, applied 5 to 6 times a day to relieve the itching and prevent any further spread of the rash. Once the rash is under control, changing to a lower strength steroid used less frequently is advisable



In other cases oral steroids can be used to help control the itching"





maybe you are having twins??? I have only met one other person and she was miserable. I hope you are doing ok! sorry honey!

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Megan - posted on 07/16/2009

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Oh my goodness you are so right. it itched so bad. I almost wanted to cry everytime it started itching. My doctor wouldn't recommend anything because she said it might be harmful to the baby. So i suffered. It didn't stop itching until about 2 days after I had my son. I was so thankful.

Jamie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I walked around my house in boy shorts and sports bra and often put a wet wash clothe on my tummy. I dont wish them on my worst enemy.

Lindsea - posted on 07/16/2009

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I had them HORRIBLE!!! The doctor told me mine weren't that bad but if they weren't "that bad" I would HATE to know what bad is. I itched like crazy but it also hurt to itch. It was miserable. I used a lot of hydrocortizone cream or cream with a steroid in it. Doctor approved of course!

Jamie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I had a girl my first time and it was horrible, second time not so bad and I had a boy.

Megan - posted on 07/16/2009

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I not pregnant now, but when I was pregnant I had it. It was horrible. My doctor didn't know what is was for a long time. He said He had only seen one other case and told me it was really uncommon, and that it usually happens to women who have boys. You are right, I had it during my last trimester and it was around my stretch marks. It was horrible. That alone has turned me away from having another child. I now have a numb spot on my stomach because I scratched it too much. But thanks for all of the imformation. Maybe it will be bette with my next child.

Jamie - posted on 07/16/2009

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OMG!! I had it, it was horrible. My entire stomach was a total rash! They couldnt get the itching under control when my water broke, they tried numbing stuff they use on burn victims and it didnt help. It was awful. My second pregnancy it wasnt as bad but I was dreading it.

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