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Doctor insights on: Puppps Skin Injury Due To Scratching

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How can I ease itchiness due to puppps?

How can I ease itchiness due to puppps?

Topical or oral meds: First try low-moderately potent topical corticosteroid creams, then oral antihistamines without drowsiness effects (e.g. Claritine, allegra) and finally oral steroids as last resort. If none of the above helps, then early delivery may be required (rarely), to relieve the maternal symptoms. ...Read more

Scratching (Definition)

Scratching is a symptom in which a person runs his fingernails or some other firm object over an itchy part of his skin, while trying to relieve his itching. Scratching an area too much can lead to a skin rash which itches even more. Scratching to the point of breaking the skin can lead to ...Read more


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What is puppps?

What is puppps?

Pregnancy rash.: Puppp stands for pruritic urticarial plaques and papules of pregnancy - now known as pep (polymorphous eruption of pregnancy). This is the most common dermatosis that may develop in late pregnancy (after 34 weeks typically) and cause intense itching and redness mainly on the abdominal skin. It is more common with male fetuses and does not increase the risk of pregnancy complications, resolving pp. ...Read more

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What are the tests for puppps?

Puppp's diagnosis: Diagnosis of puppp the diagnosis of puppp is clinical, meaning it is based solely on the appearance of the rash. There are no laboratory tests that detect puppp. Skin biopsies are not generally performed unless there is a question about the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and was just diagnosed with puppps. What could happen now?

I'm pregnant and was just diagnosed with puppps. What could happen now?

Varies: Some people tolerate puppp with no treatment. When needed, the most effective treatment seems to be systemic steroids. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I must say, I am currently 39 weeks pregnant and am completely miserable from puppps! how did I get it?

I must say, I am currently 39 weeks pregnant and am completely miserable from puppps! how did I get it?

Fetomaternal cell tr: Fetomatenal cell traffic through the placenta likely is responsible for puppps. That means that your rash is likely an immune reaction to your baby's cells crossing your placenta and lodging in your skin. It should all improve rapidly postpartum. If you are indeed 39 weeks, ask your obstetrician to deliver you! ...Read more

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Pregnancy Rash (Definition)

PUPPPS, or pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, is a condition where the expectant mother develops ...Read more