PUPPS can some one give me some info for niece? What helps?
PUPPS can some one give me some info for niece? What helps?
All I can say is....YOUR POOR NIECE
I had this terrible rash from 34 wks up until my DS was 2 months old
What are her symptoms at the moment? And how far along is she/where is it?
Hope I can provide some kind of advice!!
Do not scratch!! Seriously it gets SO MUCH worse!! I had it when I was 6 to 8 months pregnant. I forced myself to stop scratching. It was so hard, but I did it and it went away. Whether it had run its course or went away because I stopped scratching it I will never know. All I know is that it sucks!!
she 34 weeks?
started on the streacth marks on her belly now its all over her tummy bum legs to her knees and arms
oh and chest
I have it and I've had it for months, but luckily not too bad. My doc prescribed me Tricortone cream and it's mild/safe and works well. I hope she doesn't have it too bad!
I got it straight after delivery. It started on my tummy stretch marks and was everywhere. I had crocodile skin on my bum and thighs. Definitely don't scratch, I still have scars.
I was put on prednisolone for a week and an antihistamine. Also a steroid cream. I tried calamine lotion but it did nothing.
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For me it was very severe and covered me from neck to toes. Even on the balls of my feet and the palms of my hands. The itch was unbearable and I would wake up all night scratching everywhere.
The problem with this condition is that not much is known about it. I was initially treating it as a highly 'spreadable' rash and was very hesitant to apply a lot of moisturisers with the fear of 'feeding' it. Now I'm not in any way pretending to be a doctor, but in my experience, research and the advice of MANY doctors, the 'rash' is hormonal as in it comes from the inside and no about of scratching/application of creams will make it worse or spread. In saying that, scratching it will break the skin and cause a secondary infection so of course it's advisable not to.
I was prescribed and tried many different things: dermaid cream, claratyne (sp?) but this is not highly recommended during pregnancy and was a last resort which didn't work anyway!!!, calamine lotion, pinetarsol bath/shower, dozile which has antihistimine properties and was to help me sleep. NONE OF THESE DID ANYTHING!
Again, only in my experience, the following did provide some relief:
* Not showering/bathing more than once a day.
I would use the pinetarsol in the bath/shower a few times a day for relief but in fact I was drying out my skin even more with the use of water.
* Apply, apply and reapply moisturiser.
Keep the skin hydrated at all times with an oatmeal based moisturiser like Aveena or just simple QV. Stay away from perfumed creams. Again, this will not get rid of it but will relieve the symptoms.
* Use Mylanta original in place of Calamine lotion.
This sounds pretty funny but I was so desperate that I tried everything! The Mylanta cooled the skin and did help with the itch temporarily. I was applying this at least 3-4 times over night.
* Eurax cream for itches!
I only found this right at the end of my pregnancy. They are small tubes and it's expensive but I would've paid over $1000 a tube at that point!
It usually gets much worse at night and the heat from doonas/heaters does seem to aggrivate (sp?) it too.
This is the worse case scenario. Not many people get it this bad, I was one of those very 'lucky' people and it did continue for two months after ds was born which is also extremely rare. Doctors are usually pretty clueless as not much is known about it.
I truly hope your niece does not get it this bad, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. As you can probably tell the awful ordeal is still effecting me mentally
Last edited by MilkiCuddles; 19-12-2011 at 07:10. Reason: Spelling!!
I have this also- I'm 25 weeks preg- had it since 14 weeks.
I have just stopped using my body butter and other creams when it was diagnosed last week, and since I stopped putting all that one it's helped a lot!
I also got some derm-aid cream from the chemist, which I just put on a little bit.
I got PUPPS at around 38 weeks with DD. It was HORRIBLE.
Wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It was torture!
The itching was so so so bad. I could not sleep. I would be bathing in calamine lotion at 3am when my DH was getting up for work.
In fact, the best sleep I had was 3 hours the night my DD was born as the rash has started to disappear.
The midwives and Doctors all thought my case was amazing – they all called each other to come and look at me, when I turned up for appointments coz I looked like such a freak.
The rash initially started in my stretchies in my tummy, and then spread to my thighs, arms, legs.
It was all-over coverage. It looked like bad sunburn – except it was itchy rash!
No amount of creams/ calamine lotion, baths, pinetarsol etc etc worked. I spent about $300 on products, at the recommendation of different doctors etc. But nothing worked.
The best thing I did was get an ‘emergency appointment’ with the local Dermatologist (wish I had done it sooner). I was at his office at 7am and he straight away prescribed me with a baby-safe course of tablets to take, that certainly helped ease the itch. My DD was born 3 days later and the rash immediately started to ease up, then dried up and started to fade. (Though I got scars on tummy/thighs).
If you do a search for it in Google Images – you’ll see all sorts of photos.
Anyway, my thoughts are with your niece, as I know how frustrating it is – and so little is known about it.
The first two GPs I went to about it said it was a reaction to washing powder!!! – when I had already looked it up online and self-diagnosed PUPPS!
The midwives knew what it was but couldn’t offer any help/solutions.
So I was glad when the Dermatologist knew straight away and was able to offer some relief.
I’ll have a look at the name of the medication when I’m home tonight, and hopefully your niece can go and demand that medication for some relief.
Also – a lot of the online info says it happens in 1 in 300 pregnancies (lucky us) and can possibly indicate a male baby (something to do with chemical/hormonal reaction) but I had a DD...
Anyway, best wishes. Try not to scratch!
I’m 36weeks with bub no.2 and sooooo scared that I’ll get it again.
Oh, your poor neice, it's a terrible and uncomfortable affliction. In my first pregnancy when I had it, my Doctor prescribed me Polarimine for the itching (and also helped me sleep) and a topical cream to rub on my belly but the name escapes me? I also has some oatmeal baths and used to put Pinetarsal on my skin in the shower as opposed to soap. It drove me absolutely batty and I was soooo relieved to give birth and have it magically dissapear!
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