What I Have Learnt Through My Experience With PUPPS
PUPPPs stands for Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy.
Pupps is the most common rash in pregnancies, affecting pregnant women usually during the third trimester. It is not in anyway harmful to mother or
baby but can be, and usually is, extremely annoying. This condition lasts an average of 6wks and, as if by magic, clears itself up 1-2wks after the birth. In very severe cases the mother will be induced early to releive the condition.
The rash first appears on stretchmarks on the belly, then spreads to legs and arms, but does not affect the face. The rash looks like litte ant bites, is extremely itchy and should be easily diagnosed by your doctor. The best treatment is steroid cream and antihistamines, also switch to a soap free wash. Try not to scratch it, but as any one who has experienced this before knows, that is practicaly impossible. Lotions and creams with zinc and aloe vera will also be appreciated, and if you would like to try some herbal remedies my suggestions are Flaxseed Oil and Dandelion Root.
When i had this rash it quickly spread to cover any area of skin, except for my face, chest and back. I looked like i had reptile skin and i acted like a bit of a dragon too as i was too itchy to sleep. I showered 6 times a day to help releive the itching and i tried every single anti-itch cream/powder/gel you name it i tried it. I was itching so bad that i would scrape all my skin off. The inside of my knees were quite swollen and for a while there i could not bend my legs. Any contact with cloth made me feel like i was burning so i spent most days in a only satin robe. When the itchiness of the palms of my hands and bottom of my feet was too much i would put ice on them in an attempt to numb them. My rash finaly went away after a several weeks when my daughter was born 5wks prem. I dont think i would have lasted another 5wks of it so i was thankful.
There are many pictures on the web that show patients with this rash.
I hope that this has been informative enough to help anyone going through this stressful condition.