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Anyone know when PUPPS can start? I'm scratching myself silly and Benadryl and oatmeal baths are NOT working. I've lotioned, etc. and NOTHING is helping me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I don't have a rash or anything. My hands are incredibly dry, but the rest of my skin looks about normal to me. I'm drinking TONS and TONS of water so I know it's not dehydration (the nurse even commented when she did a finger stick last time that I was VERY hydrated.)<br><br>
I'm soooo desperate- the only thing that helps is sleep. I did have quite a go with the hairbrush this morning though! (I have long hair and it scratched my shoulder and felt so good I used it on my back and arms for a minute before I realized I was about to peel off my skin!)<br><br>
UGH!!!!!<br><br>
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That sounds terrible. I thought PUPPS was a third trimester thing, but I've never had it, so I don't really know. Maybe you could call or ask your dr/mw at your next appt. They might have some ideas.
 

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when i was preggo with Theo I was like that -- bought 4 new sets of sheets looking for one i could even lay on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
since his birth i still have MUCH more sensitive skin than i had before him -- i have clothing i can't wear and sheets we can't use.<br><br>
I am having it some with this pregancy -- some "ichy fits" -- they drive DH nuts at night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I never took anything for them (except a littel motron after T's forcept birth adn 4th dregree tear i have not taken any medication since Oct 04)........................, i tried oatmeal baths, which helped some but very short term, and lots and lot of lotion -- which i never though helped over all but it gave me a alteritive to the scrathing that was tearing me up.<br><br>
i gave up all sented lotion, all scented anything -- tried three saops for hte lkaundry and so on ....
 

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maybe consult a good classic homeopath, sounds right up that alley to me.. and totally safe in PG.. sorry you are miserable...
 

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Not in your ddc but had to tell you my experience. I have PUPPs.. this would be my fourth pregnancy but the first one with it. I do not itch everywhere... it started off in one of my old stretch marks on the under side of my belly. I believe it first was some irritation from a pair of maternity jeans I was wearing probably in my 5th month or so. It really wasn't bad until the past month. My belly has been so itchy off and on.. I have a week or so that it's not too bad and then it spreads a little more. What you have doesn't really sound like what I have but I know each person experiences it a bit different. If you have a rash then I would say it's likely you do have it but it's starting really early for you, if you have no rash I would maybe look into/read up on cholestasis in pregnancy. HTH
 

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OMG I searched Cholestasis in Pregnancy and I hope that's not what it is. UGH. Something else to worry about now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Thanks for the info though! I'm not mad at the messenger!
 

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I was a borderline case of cholestasis of pregnancy with my first pregnancy - my liver levels were really elevated but not *quite* to cholestasis levels. Nevertheless, the "standard of care" in my case would have been to induce labor (after 38 weeks) or C-section (at 36 weeks). My case began somewhat late, around 34 weeks, and by the time we had a theory and got the blood tests done, I was ready for either C-section or induction. My husband and I talked about it, prayed about it, etc., and decided that we didn't want to go either of those routes. We even had to sighn a form stateing that we were aware that the standard of care in our situation was X and that we were choosing a different plan - SCARY! However, our daughter was born healthy, on her due date, in her own time. But I would definitely recommend asking your health-care provider for a "liver panel" to check how well your liver is functioning, and then decide what to do. In my experience, cholestasis is so rare that some providers are not really aware of it. (In my own case, my acupuncturist told me to tell my midwives to have me checked out! Luckily, they all know and trust each other, so if Charlyn said to check it out, they had no problem with that). You might have to educate your HCP though.<br><br>
About the itching, though, my midwives told me that hydrocortisone cream would be alright, to get some relief. Also, for me, detox baths helped, even though it was hot water and not cold, which is supposed to be more soothing. Cold water made me itch more! But hot water with a few drops of lemon essential oil for 10 minutes, then a cool shower to rinse off the toxins, was very useful.<br><br>
Elena's Mami (Rebekah)<br>
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i am itchy...be sure to take warm showers and not hot showers/baths. i had 'hives' w/my #2 dd and it was TORTURE.<br><br>
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I'm so glad to hear that its not just me--not that I'm glad you're itchy.<br>
My legs mostly have been driving me crazy. I stopped using all scented anything: soap and lotion, and wearing only all cotton clothing, washed in very little dye and scent free detergent. This has worked a lot but I still do feel itchy sometimes. Not so bad that its keeping me awake or that I sit at work and itch the whole time (I was driving my office-mate crazy and she had poison ivy). I think its just extra sensitivity like everything else: smells, lights, clothing, certain people, etc.-- but it sure is annoying.
 

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Egad, I'm itchy too. What is PUPPS?<br><br>
My legs itch all the dang time, and everywhere else itches off and on. I use a gentle soap and moisturize - doesn't matter. Nothing helps. Blah!<br><br>
The WORST is the itching around my nipples! Awful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Count me in the itchy club too! The strange thing is this morning I woke up with a bunch of little bumps on my neck that itch like crazy. It is driving my nuts. I have really sensitive skin as well. I use Cetaphil and dove for body wash and it seem to help.
 

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Yes! It's on my legs too- the backs of my thighs ARGHHHHHHHH!!!! And under my chin is bad too. I *do* have a bit of rash in those places tonight.<br><br>
It's definitely not heat rash- bumps are too big and I'd have it under my boobies. Thank goodness no itchy boobies YET!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I am itchy too - on and off in different areas. Though under my chin has been a mega itchy spot for about a week or so(?)
 

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I am <i>so</i> itchy! It started a few days ago, and reading this thread reminded me how bothersome it is. I'm trying to do dry skin brushing whenever the urge to scratch strikes, as it's gentler and still gets the job done.
 

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My scalp is driving me crazy too! I have not found relief for it yet, but if I do I will let you know!
 

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I'll just start out that I'm itchy and it's for the most part just being super dry. Drinking a lot and using an oil based shower gel has helped.<br><br>
And just in case it's something more sinister, I just HAVE to warn you about PUPPPs since a lot of the info online is scary and overwhelming and not a lot of doctors have seen it.<br>
I had PUPPPs (had to tell the PA what it was!!!) It's not SUPPOSED to hit until the third trimester and it's SUPPOSED to be ONLY first time pregnancies (1 in 1000 to be exact)... there are a miserable unfortunate few apparently though.<br><br>
It's an awful rash but other than being almost a mental crisis panic of itching, there is no danger to you or baby It show up everywhere but face, palms and soles of feet. I had to wear long sleeves to work becuase it scared my co-workers. (lightbulb moment... no wonder everything maternity I have is long sleeves!) There was absolutely no stopping the itch once it was bothered. I couldn't even sleep at night because the sheets or something would touch me wrong and it would wake me up and I'd have to get in an oatmeal bath until it settled. Even though I was a furnace, I had to sleep with a tight long sleeved shirt and long pj pants tucked into socks.<br><br>
Eventually, after about a week of trying to be tough and lots of crying, I accepted medical intervention. They gave me oral steroid "dose pack" which is 6 days of pills (6 then 5 then 4, etc) and a rx hydrocortizone which I had to use on the tops of my feet because they never really stopped itching despite the steroid. If you do end up on this route, be mindful of the fact that the steroids elevate your blood sugars, so even if you tested "ok" for gestational diabetes before, you may need to take a little more precaution in your diet. I had GD anyways, so I just had to be all the more dilligent. Even though I did the meds (and had started a much smaller second round a couple days before labor) I still had big splotches all over my skin where the raised, blistery rash would have been. That went away IMMEDIATELY after birth. Seriously, like out came Titus and my skin went to normal... not that I was looking at my skin at the time, but within an hour! My feet itched a lot still for maybe a month, but it was tolerable with the rx cream still.
 

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I think you gusy cursed me.. I woke up to horrible itching down the fronts of my lower legs this morning!! before it was only an old scar I have on my chest and my right eyelid that itched like crazy.. ow it's my legs too wahhhhhh
 

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I'm calling the office for an appt. I was up all night for the 3rd night in a row, only last night it was so itchy I was dizzy and queasy. Something is NOT right!!! They are going to have to help me or I'm going to tear my skin off.<br>
I took my Singulair and Benadryl yesterday and lotioned... took an icy shower and still no relief.<br>
I hate taking meds even when I'm not preg, but I can't STAND this!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
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