My OB Thought I Had PUPPP, but Not So Sure Anymore--help!

Updated on February 25, 2010
L.Y. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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My OB told me I had PUPPP (pregnancy rash) last week, this morning it spread to my left cheek. I called her and now she is not certain it's PUPPP, because this rash should spare the face. So she suggested I go see a regular physician, since there is nothing else she can do. I have the rash on my legs, arms, back and abdomen. I've used everything everyone's recommended, sarna lotion, eczema lotions, applying coritizone10, taking Claritin during the day and Benadryl at night. I just started trying an herbal supplement, dandelion drops and tea. I've taken baths with oatmeal based gentle body soaps...aveeno, etc...It's been one week now and the itching is especially horrible in the middle of the night. So I'm losing sleep and waking up 2-3 times a night to reapply medicine. I am trying to be strong, but it's so hard to focus on the positive when I'm constantly scratching, itching, etc...miserable...I have 10 weeks left before my little baby! What have you tried?

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Thanks for all the support and suggestions. I'm considering asking my OB for prednisone since I am desperate and still have 9 weeks left before my due date.

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answers from Des Moines on

are you eating/not eating anything special to deal with it? I don't remember the rules, but I think diet is key. I do remember cutting out beef.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I had PUPPP bad with my first son. I tried every known over the counter lotion that you have. I ended up having to be put on a course of prednisone. I would ask your Dr. about it because there's not reason to continue to go through the agony of the nighttime itching. I used to scratch until I bled at night - no matter how much lotion/cream I would apply. The steroids helped ease it tremendously.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Google cholestasis in pregnancy. My SIL had this very badly in the last trimester, so bad that they took the baby early to prevent any liver damage. I am surprised that your OB wouldn't do a lab for that to be sure.



answers from Madison on

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answers from Milwaukee on

I had PuPPP with both my pregnancies and it can go to the face, it is HORRIBLE! I felt there were two many risks using steriods (prenisone) doctor these days give it to everyone like it is candy and it can be quite dangerous. Everything you are doing will help but I found a way to get rid of it and is it safe. I did so much research with my second pregnancy because I suffered so bad with the first. I read that lemon juice can help detox the liver where excess hormones can accumalate. I squeezed the juice of a whole lemon in a glass of water and drank that everyday. Within a week or two the rash was gone and never came back. I didn't stop drinking the lemon water until after I gave birth. I hope you will try it because I didn't really believe it would work but I was so desparate and now I do believe it works. Plus lemons are full of vitamin C, etc so you are getting a fruit in too.
Good luck and Congrats!!
PS I was also too scared to take the dendelion root that is also suppose to help.



answers from Minneapolis on

I'm Sorry I had that with 3 of my kids. I couldn't releive mine either. A friend of mine got a perscription from her OB and her went down. I got like rosey cheeks at the end. Have you tried coconut oil?
It goes away fast when you are done.
Good luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

Are you using any lotions like cocoa butter lotion? I used that and it caused a terrible rash, I quit and it went away.



answers from Lincoln on

My heart goes out to you I had this and it is not fun at all... There was nothing they could do for me I was covered from head to toe and they turn into blisters the only way I could sleep is if I slept in the bath tub in the oatmeal or I would take the oatmeal bath stuff and make it into a paste and over myself in it its messy but it helped. just an FYI after you have the baby they can give you steriods to make it go away faster because you will have a really bad outbreak right after you have the baby I had it so bad that I couldnt even walk for a week after I had my baby because my feet where so bad. I hate to tell you all of this its not fun and like I said before my heart goes out to you you can also get intoduced early thats what the did with me I went a couple of weeks early because it got so bad so you might want to talk to your doctor.



answers from Green Bay on

I had it too with both my babies and it is no fun but the benadryl helped me to were the itch was not so intense but I was sleepy . But nothing eles helped I wish I could help you with some thing to try . I would try a all natural health food store and see if you can find some thing that can help you .



answers from Davenport on

We drink a liquid whole food supplement that helps with the eczema, and many other things, that is very good nutrition for pregnancy also. It basically gives your body what it needs to heal itself. It's called Body Balance. I would recommend to order a 4 or 8 pack, that way you know you have what you need and start by drinking 2 to 4 oz every morning. I believe they have free shipping for first time orders through Sunday. You can go to to read more about the product and for ordering. Hang in there! J. L.



answers from Chicago on

I had it too, and I am sooo sorry you are going through it. It is miserable!!!!! I went to a dermatologist, but no real relief other than the oatmeal baths.


answers from Davenport on

Poor you. I had PUPPP with my first daughter (6 weeks to go with number 2, luckily no PUPPP this time) and though it never got on my face it did get on my neck and pretty much everywhere else. Between my toes and fingers was the worst. Unfortunately nothing helped long term but it did go away pretty much directly after delivery (which was premature but probably not PUPPP related). If your doctor says it is ok you can over stimulate your skin by placing the rashy areas into extremely hot (read: as hot as you can humanly stand) water. It will itch like mad while you are doing it but then the itch will stop for a few hours. My husband taped socks onto my hands to prevent me from scratching myself open and no matter how badly you tell someone it itches they will not understand which can be supremely annoying. Good luck. Oh, I almost forgot, my OBGYN gave me a steroid shot which I guess is fairly common for PUPPP but it did not help.



answers from Washington DC on

I would go see your primary physician. You could be having an allergic reaction to something. Your dr. could prescribe an antibiotic and/or hydrocortozone.




answers from Omaha on

Oh man, I so feel your pain! I had it so bad and unless you have had it, you just don't know how horrible it is. Everyone making comments about changing your laundry or lotion or whatever.....none of that will help. Your baby is losing the lenugo (skin covering) and it's sluffing off and going through the placenta and some women have an allergic reaction to it. That's basically what PUPPPS is. So the only thing that helps is delivering the baby and the placenta. I tried everything. I went to the store and bought one of everything on the itch aisle. NOTHING helped. I remember being in Babies R Us one day and I was itching so bad that I went into the restroom and into a stall to scratch. I must have been in there for 30 min, or more...just scratching away. When I got out of the stall there was a line of 4 people waiting for me to get out. (not sure how long they had all been there) The other stall was out of order, I guess. HOW EMBARRASSING! But I totally know what you are going through. Mine didn't get onto my face but it was in every other place imaginable. In between the toes and fingers and my stomach was the worst. The Dr. finally gave me an oral steroid because I was soooooo miserable. I wasn't sleeping at all. I went in there one day and just told the Dr. point blank...."I'm having this baby today whether you help me or not." So, they induced me. LOL
Hang in there.....I would try sleeping naked with a fan blowing on you the whole time....see if that helps. It helped a little bit for me.
I hope you get some relief one way or another.

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