I am pretty sure I have PUPPP, ridiculous rash all over my body that began with stretch marks on my abdomen, intolerably itchy, want to take my skin off, etc. I look like a lot of the photos I've found online. My MW said it sounds like I have PUPPP and to make myself comfortable, but basically offered no other ideas on how to do that. I am currently drinking nettle tea, taking dandelion root, milk thistle, and nettle extracts also and washing frequently with pine tar soap. I also use Sarna to tame the worst of it for a short-lived period.
Now, as I read these other threads about itching though, I am scared I might have cholestasis. I went to a GP in town and he told me that despite the culture coming up negative, I had scabies. (I do not have scabies; I got that when I was 10 and it was totally different. Also, he prescribed a highly toxic pesticide.) I could get any of the 5 OB/GYNs I called to see me because of being an 8-months-along homebirth heretic and/or they were on vacation/not seeing new patients until September. So basically I can't get anyone to take a look at me, but I need to know that I'm not putting Baby at risk before I just proceed with comfort measures and try to make it through the rest of my pregnancy (I am 35 w 3 d) and get to my planned homebirth. Any thoughts on this?
Thanks for your help!
If you have a compounding pharmacy nearby and have any kind of physician (internist, GP etc...) or CNM that will write a prescription.
This is a good remedy for PUPPS:
menthol 240 ml
I coped with my PUPPP rash with a hydrocortisone cream, ice packs, and scratching gently with a boar-bristle hairbrush.
If you think you might have cholestasis, the itchymoms site is the best resource I know of.
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I have to tell you, having this has REALLY tested my commitment to natural childbirth since all I can think is "when is this baby going to come so the itching can stop?" But all of you that have suffered with it or are suffering with it are an inspiration to me and I thank you!
I cannot IMAGINE having PUPPP nine times, but I have ordered the Rainier Soap/Cream. If nothing else, I want to make a donation to that woman's campaign to be a saint. In the meantime, I have really noticed a significant reduction in the hives/pustules by having painted my body in cornstarch paste (to dry it out) and then frequent baths with pine tar soap.
I am also taking the herbal supplements I mentioned above. I'm not sure what it is that's working, but I am going to keep doing all of it because this is absolutely ghastly and miserable. Oh! I also found that by taking a benadryl last night before bedtime, I was able to get about 4.5 hours of restful sleep before getting up to bathe/scratch/writhe again.
Good luck to you all!
im currently 29 weeks pregnant and have been dealing with an itchy sensation for 2 months... at first i thought well its summer maybe a mesquito got me or since my mother in law has 3 cats (that have yet to be flea dipped) i thought it might be flea bites..... its hard to say where it started cause my legs had it my belly had it so idk but the rash is on my belly, my legs. my arms.. and now its on the sides of me feet iv looked at photos of PUPPS and it looks like its what i got but then when i read articles about scabies i start freaking out and hoping its not scabies... i have an appointment tommorow to see my primary care giver since my obgyn cant see me til monday which sucks cause idk what this doctor is going to say about my rash... with pupps there isnt much of a cure except be patient and wait it out or take herbal remedies or steriods and risk poising the baby.... is it possible that PUPPS and scabies are often confused for each other? it cant be scabies cause my toddler sleeps in the bed with me and he has no signs of scabies and like i said iv had this rash for 2 months now does anyone have any thoughts?
I saw a local GP who told me I did have scabies when I had PUPPP. However, I have had scabies (when I was 10; caught it at summer camp) and I while it's a nuisance for sure, it"'s NOTHING compared to PUPPP. That said, so e of the itching can cause the rash of PUPPP and scabies to present similarly, especially around areas near arm pits, between fingers, ankles, and so forth where scabies mites typically cluster. The GP who thought I had scabies prescribed an extremely toxic dermal pesticide; I am really glad that I followed my intuition and skipped it. Here are my very best PUPPP coping tips:
-Take a scalding hot shower- as hot as you can stand! When it gets too hot, turn the water off and scrub your entire body with pine tar soap (available at any health food stores and sometimes even Walgreens or CVS). Rinse with scalding hot water. It kind of numbs your skin in that hurts-so-good way.
-After drying off, cover all your itchy spots (whole body?) in Sarna lotion.
-Take a Benadryl and go immediately to bed.
-When you can't constantly shower, get plenty of the blue re-usable ice packs and hold them to the worst spots.
For the pustules:
-make a paste with cornstarch and water and paint it all over them until it dries. This is a huge mess, but it helps.
Take dandelion root, drink nettle tea, and take as many liver-boosting, pregnancy-friendly vitamins as you can (can't remember names off the top of my head, but you should be able to google them pretty easily).
I hope this helps! PUPPP is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, but you can live through it! Good luck!