PUPPP During Pregnancy - 4 Causes, 4 Symptoms & 8 Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

PUPPS During Pregnancy

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Did you ever find your skin developing rashes and severe itching during pregnancy? Wondered what they could be? Well, worry not! They are just two common conditions that occur during pregnancy.

Also known as PUPPP, these minor hassles are a part of the beautiful period of pregnancy. Your skin might undergo discomfort, but you have to remember these are temporary conditions.

This post deals with what exactly PUPPP is, and what kind of measures you should be taking to reduce their intensity. Now, that’s something you would love to know about, don’t you? Then sit back and read on!

What Is PUPPP (Pruritic Urticarial Papules And Plaques Of Pregnancy)?

To state it simply, PUPPP is a benign and bumpy rash that starts developing on the abdomen first.

The rash usually starts from the umbilical area and spreads out to other parts such as thighs and the rest of the body. You are less likely to develop a rash on your face in case of PUPPP.

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Causes Of PUPPP During Pregnancy:

There are few valid causes for PUPPP. These include:

  1. Increased level of hormone production in pregnancy (particularly estrogen)
  2. Growth of fetal cells that sometimes intervene with your body
  3. Genetic predisposition (surprisingly from the paternal side)
  4. Family history of PUPPP

Signs And Symptoms Of PUPPP During Pregnancy:

Most symptoms of PUPPP appear in the third trimester and gradually disappear after childbirth. The predictable signs of PUPPP are:

  1. Intense, unbearable itching that starts from the abdominal area
  2. Appearance of reddish rashes on the stomach and other limbs
  3. Itching that gets severe with scratching
  4. Unlike other forms of rash that can appear anywhere on the body, PUPPP starts specifically from the abdominal region

[ Read: Itching On Stomach During Pregnancy ]

Risks To Your Unborn Baby:

Fortunately, there are no life-threatening risks to your unborn baby with the onset of PUPPP.

No major risks have been cited or proved in the research or studies surrounding the subject. In general, it is a temporary condition that goes away post delivery.

Medications For PUPPP:

While your doctor will not suggest any oral medication to tackle the itch during pregnancy, he or she may prescribe a topical ointment that can be applied to relieve the discomfort.

  • All creams or ointments should be bought only after taking a prescription from your doctor.
  • Few topical steroids are said to provide immense relief from itching when applied in small quantities.
  • Do not indulge in over-the-counter drugs for skin ailments while you are pregnant as they may pose contraindications.

[ Read: Skin Problems During Pregnancy ]

Measures To Cope With PUPPP At Home:

There are few simple measures that you can take to reduce the intensity and frequency of itching. Here are few such simple yet effective measures:

  1. Warm bath with oatmeal or baking soda is said to provide relief from itching.
  2. Frequent application of cold compress on the affected area is said to provide some respite.
  3. Aloe vera gel is said to work wonders with the troubled skin post PUPPP. Apply it on the affected areas after bath.
  4. Wear comfortable and soft clothing while dealing with PUPPP. Cotton clothes are the most ideal.
  5. Scratching is a big no. If you have the urge to scratch, control the same. Scratching worsens your condition further.
  6. Stay away from shower gels with heavy perfume and harsh chemical formulation.
  7. Do not spray chemical compositions like deodorants and shower sprays on your body while coping with PUPPP.
  8. Practice good hygiene like taking bath every day and eating healthy balanced meals. Prevent sweating in the affected area as moisture triggers more itch.

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PUPPP is unavoidable as there are no preventive steps. You can easily win the battle against this uncomfortable, itchy condition with a little patience. Talk to your dermatologist to know more about PUPPP in pregnancy and ways to address it.

Have more PUPPP stories to share? Do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.

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  • Niharika

    Hi Ada, thanks for sharing your tips with us!!