PUPPP stands for pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (say that ten times quickly!). Among the many skin rashes that can develop during pregnancy, this one most commonly occurs in abdominal stretch marks but can also occur on the buttocks, thighs, and arms. As you know, PUPPP is itchy, itchy, and itchier. Its cause is unknown, but PUPPP is not a serious condition; it poses no danger to you or your baby. It lasts about six weeks, on average, and disappears within two weeks after birth. It generally doesn’t recur, even in subsequent pregnancies.
To lessen the itching, you can try taking oatmeal baths or use an over-the-counter anti-itch cream containing 1 percent hydrocortisone. If this doesn’t help, your doctor or midwife may suggest an antihistamine or, if the itching is very severe, a corticosteroid.
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