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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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Pregnancy Rash (Definition)

pregnancy rash is merely a description, not a diagnosis. however, there are some rashes that only happen during pregnancy such as Puppp (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) which can happen during the mid trimester and be very itchy. it can be treated ...Read more


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What are the tests for puppps?

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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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

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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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What is the treatment for pregnancy rash (puppps)?

What is the treatment for pregnancy rash (puppps)?

Puppps: The treatment of puppp is symptomatic. High strength steroid creams or ointments, such as clobetasol (temovate) or Betamethasone (diplrolene), used up to 2 to 3 times a day usually relieve the itching and prevent the spread of the rash. Once the rash is under control, changing to a lower strength steroid used less frequently is advisable. ...Read more

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Any relief for my daughter's postpartum puppp symptoms? She is miserable ans breastfeeding.

Any relief for my daughter's postpartum puppp symptoms? She is miserable ans breastfeeding.

PUPPP: The main treatments for this condition are skin moisturizers or lubricants, steroid creams twice a day and antihistamines. The good news is that it only occurs with the first pregnancy and likely represents an allergic reaction to the stretch marks. It usually clears several weeks after delivery. Since your daughter is breast feeding, please have her discuss options with the gynecologist or nurse. Congratulations on your grandchild. Good luck with your daughters recovery. My daughter delivered a healthy baby boy two weeks ago in irvine. You certainly have a beautiful city. ...Read more

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I am 36.2 weeks pregnant with boy/girl twins, and have puppp all over my body, what can I use or do to control it. ?

I am 36.2 weeks pregnant with boy/girl twins, and have puppp all over my body, what can I use or do to control it. ?

Varies: One of the most effective treatments is systemic steroids. The definitive treatment is delivery and sometimes that is warranted due to the severe symptoms that can arise with puppp. ...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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A rash started on/in the stretch marks at the top of my thighs. Google says puppps but pretty sure i'm not pregnant.

A rash started on/in the stretch marks at the top of my thighs. Google says puppps but pretty sure i'm not pregnant.

Not certain...: I am not really certain about the rash or it's cause, but i can tell you with almost certainty that google is almost always wrong. Give more details about rash, your overall health, results of preg test, other medications, exposres, why you have stretch marks, etc before anyone can venture a reasonable guess. Google should be searched for facts about a known item or things not diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it ok to plastic wrap a rash (eg PUPPP) after applying flaxseed oil, eg legs, arms?

Is it ok to plastic wrap a rash (eg PUPPP) after applying flaxseed oil, eg legs, arms?

Probably ok: I am not sure it will be affective. PUPPP aka pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy is the most common dermatosis of pregnancy. Incidence 1/160 to 1/300 pregnancies. Presents as erythematous (red) papules within abdominal striae sparring umbilicus. Itchy. Treatment goal is relief to symptoms. Low mid potency topical corticosteroids and or nonsedating antihistamines. Baby ok. ...Read more

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What can cause Severe itching with no rash on arms and legs? I had PUPPPS when i was pregnant 6months ago, but this time there's no visible rash.

What can cause Severe itching with no rash on arms and legs? I had PUPPPS when i was pregnant 6months ago, but this time there's no visible rash.

Itching: Itching could be caused by dry skin, you may see any rash with that. Some blood cell abnormalities and kidney, liver dysfunction can also itching. Use humidifier and skin lotion frequently, if not better have examined and blood work done. ...Read more

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I had a miscarriage 3 months and now I have developed a rash on my stomach, hands, feet, legs, everywhere! could it possibly be puppp? Also 13 days late.

I had a miscarriage 3 months and now I have developed a rash on my stomach, hands, feet, legs, everywhere! could it possibly be puppp? Also 13 days late.

Not Pupps: Pupps is a condition that occurs in the late third trimester and it resolves spontaneously almost immediately after delivery so this would not be a cause of your current rash. A dermatologist or primary care doctor would be a good place to start of evaluation. If you are late for your period consider doing home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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33 weeks pregnant, top of belly broke out in a very itchy red welt rash, allergy,or normal pregnancy symptom? I do not think it is PUPPP rash

33 weeks pregnant, top of belly broke out in a very itchy red welt rash, allergy,or normal pregnancy symptom? I do not think it is PUPPP rash

Hard to say: Being pregnant does not protect you from getting a skin rash and in fact makes you more likely to get strange skin rash. It is however not normal. If it is a raised welt which goes away after a few hours, then consider taking an antihistamine. There is no way to tell at this time whether this is from an allergic reaction or not unless you have noted such an association (food , pet etc) ...Read more