PUPPP Rash During Pregnancy

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy—now that's a mouthful! Here's how to tell if you have PUPPP and how to ease the itch.
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April 26, 2017
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What is PUPPP?

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy, also known as PUPP or PUPPs, is a pregnancy skin condition where you get small, red, itchy bumps on your skin.

What are the signs of PUPPP?

Itchy skin and a rash that’s raised—it usually starts in the abdomen and spreads from there.

Are there any tests for PUPPP?

Your doctor will probably examine you and might test for other skin problems to rule them out.

How common is PUPPP?

According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 1 in every 200 pregnant women get it.

How did I get PUPPP?

Sorry, but it’s another annoying side effect of pregnancy.

How will my PUPPP affect baby?

It shouldn’t.

What’s the best way to treat PUPPP?

Fight the itch with oatmeal baths or anti-itch creams. Your doctor may prescribe an oral medication that’s pregnancy-safe.

What can I do to prevent PUPPP?

Sorry, but you can’t. Keeping the area moisturized can help keep symptoms at bay, though.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have PUPPP?

“I was diagnosed with PUPPP at 33 weeks…I was prescribed a steroid cream and a drug stronger than Benadryl to help. This is unbearable!”

“I’ve been slathering myself with Cortaid — okayed by my doc — but am trying to put on a brave face and not use it too much.”

“I was one of the freak cases who got PUPPP postdelivery! It eventually went away on its own…and I lived in oatmeal and steroid cream…sexy, I know.”

Are there any other resources for PUPPP?

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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