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My PUPPP Journey

Updated on April 7, 2018
PUPPP on my arms and legs
PUPPP on my arms and legs | Source

My PUPPP Journey

I was generally a happy and stress free pregnant woman until I had PUPPP during my last trimester. I didn’t experience morning sickness and weird aversions and cravings but I had PUPPP.

What is PUPPP? Well when I researched “rashes during pregnancy”, this came up but with very few articles about it.

One website I came across with stated this,

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) rash is an itchy rash that appears in stretch marks of the stomach during late pregnancy.

While the exact cause of PUPPP rash isn’t known, the stretching of the skin seems to be a trigger for the rash to occur. PUPPP rash occurs in about 1 in every 150 pregnancies.” (https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/puppps-rash#1)

Also, according to my doctor, it usually starts on the stomach and spreads to your thighs, legs and arms. The face and neck are usually spared.

At first, I thought it was just my stretch marks that itched but I started to worry when my stretch marks appeared to have little bumps and when it started to spread on my arms. In one week, I was covered in it. The little bumps spread like crazy that I can make out maps out of it. My doctor just gave me topical steroids but it didn’t help because it was itchy everywhere. I also tried using virgin coconut oil, aloe vera gel, oatmeal body wash, oatmeal soap and cold compress but they all gave very short relief. I was so desperate so she referred me to a dermatologist.

Luckily, I was already between 35-37 weeks that time so the dermatologist wasn‘t hesitant to give me cetirizine and an oral steroid namely Prednisone for 5 days. She also prescribed a soothing lotion called Suu Balm which really helped in taking away the itch. For five days, I did not go out of our house and I endured the struggle of the itchy and ugly rashes. Luckily after the treatment period was done, it subsided and was no longer itchy. Though there were still nights that it itched a bit but the Suu Balm lotion, cold compress and an airconditioned room helped soothe it.

Also, I tried a hack by blogger, Jo Lauren (https://www.jolauren.com/2014/01/26/puppp-cure/). This hack involves hot water. Most articles will tell you that hot water will just worsen the rashes but I came across her blog and I hoped it will work on me because I was desperate. I first tried it on my legs. I first used warm water that my skin can take (I was scared to try hot water immediately) and poured it on my leg, used my Aveeno oatmeal body wash, rinsed it off with warm water again and pat dry with a clean towel. Afterwards, I put on the Suu Balm lotion. It will appear red at first but it will slowly subside. The following day, I noticed that it flattened out and the color was now light brown from reddish pink. Later, I used hot water that my skin can take (make sure you don’t burn yourself) and did the same routine. The following day it got better too.

After 3 weeks I gave birth via caesarean section delivery and my rashes were gone. The marks were still there but as of today, as if nothing had happened- no marks at all.

So, to sum it all up, what worked for my PUPPP were hot water, Suu balm lotion, Aveeno Oatmeal Body wash, Prednisone, Cetirizine, Cold compress and an airconditioned room.

To all pregnant moms who are experiencing PUPPP, know that you are not alone and that this too shall pass. I wish you healing as soon as possible. xoxo

© 2018 Kris Bacong

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