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Hi my friend is pregnant and has this horrible itchy rash. it started on her buttocks and has moved up her back and even her neck. she says it has dry patches in places. i am trying to her her to take a picture of it so i can see what it looks like. she has looked online and found nothing like it so far. sound familer to anyone??? her doc is out of town all week so i was hoping to find some info to give her relief. thanks!
 

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I don't know what it is and I don't want to guess until you post some pictures.<br><br>
For now, try this: Soak a nice thick guest towel in hot water and as hot and wet as she can stand it put it on her back just for about 5 seconds. Take it off and let her back air dry.<br><br>
Or she can just lean over the bath tube, with the shower hose wet her back down with water as hot as she can stand it. Only for 5 seconds. Let the back air dry.<br><br>
This will take the itching away instantly if done correctly. I know it will itch while the hot water is on her but it will quit just as quickly.<br><br>
Doing that repeatedly whenever she itches, (all day) will help heal it up.<br><br>
Some people use apple cider diluted or use oatmeal baths for itching skin but I have found the hot water works best of all.<br><br>
What does the rash look like? When did it start, what has changed?<br>
Is it something like poison ivy/oak? Or some medicine she is using? Food allergies? New/unwashed clothes? Body lotion?
 

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i completely disagree with hot water application. this is going to cause a greater histamine reaction in the affected skin, which will in turn increase the itching and redness. heat on a rash is contraindicated, especially when the rash is of unknown origin. cool compresses will offer the most relief, as cold as she can stand, and cycled frequently. been there, done that, way too often to think about! and i made the hot water mistake first.<br><br>
she does need to see her doctor or a mw as soon as possible. there are very real complications during pregnancy that stem from liver problems. this needs to be assessed to rule out any severe complication.
 

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I had this:<br><br><a href="http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic351.htm" target="_blank">http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic351.htm</a><br><br>
During my last pregnancy. It itched like a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"><br>
It went away pretty quickly after she was born. How far along is she?<br>
I ditto the cold. That is what I realy lliked as it stopped me from itching. But boy, that last month and a half....it was pure torture! I couldn't stand it. I finally had to take denadryl to get to sleep because I was exhausted and nothing else worked.<br><br>
HTH
 

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It sounds like pityriasis rosea. I had this when I was pregnant and it sounds a lot like you described. Here's a picture of when I had it. It covered my whole body. Nothing really helped the itching and it lasted for almost 2 months. I hope that's not what it is because it is miserable. I had it in the summer and the heat was horrible for it.<br><br><a href="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y27/nicolejeansw/Picture642.jpg" target="_blank">http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y27...Picture642.jpg</a>
 

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Is she swimming? When I was pregnant and swimming in a chlorinated pool several times a week, I got a dry rash over my thighs and buttocks. I always showered right after and used lots of lotion, but nothing really helped.
 

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PUPPS- look up PUPPS, I had this with #2 on my arms and legs, but it can appear anywhere.
 
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