Severe Itching during pregnancy?

Kaitlin - posted on 03/04/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi all. I have had severe itching for the last few days- week. I am almost 20 weeks along with my third, and while I've always been itchy during my pregnancies (and beforehand, for that matter, my skin is a little sensitive), it was never like this. It seemed to start on my hands and feet, and now is all over my arms and legs, but not on my stomach (I was thinking PUPPS but this usually affects the stomach). My skin is red, inflamed, and hot to the touch (though my body temp is not above normal) and I have a mild rash that does not go away. I had Shingles during my first pregnancy, but that was also very different, and I was given type B antibiotics for it, and it eventually went away. This is nothing like that at all. It is very severe and doesn't go away with menthol lotion or hydrocortizone cream or taking antihistamine (benedryl). Thoughts? Help?

I have an appointment with my OB on Wednesday, and I plan to bring it up then, but MAN it's so bad, my skin is raw and I can't go out anywhere because it is so bad.


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Christy - posted on 03/04/2012




Can you take Benadryl in the meantime? Just to alleviate the itching until the Dr appt?

Melissa - posted on 03/04/2012




It actually does sound like it might be PUPPS, while PUPPS usually affects the stomach more often than not it can affect other areas. Until you can get in I would def use oatmeal baths and stay very hydrated and keep using moisturizer frequently.

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