Victoria answer on 09 May '11 at 23:15
I'm sorry you have this. I gave birth to my son in Sept 2009 and I had PUPPs (prurigo of pregnancy) from July to August of last year.
Please note that also, cholestasis can mimic certain symptoms of PUPPs.This normally only makes your palms of your hands, and the soles of your feet really itchy, and oftentimes it's the only symptom.This is a serious disease affecting your liver, and is dangerous for both you and your baby.If you have PUPPs symptoms, your dr. should also do a liver function test, as well as a bile-salt test.
Over the Counter Remedies:
Hydrocoritizone cream-From my own experience, this didn't really help much past the first 1-2 days of having PUPPs.Put in the freezer and go stand in front of a fan after putting it on.
Price:This is about $4.00 at CVS or Wal-Mart
Benadryl-Again, this is also a subjective remedy.It does make you drowsy,so pay attention to when you take this.I think the Benadryl/calamine lotion combo works better than the Benadryl pill.If anything,the pill will help you sleep.
Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion-The active ingredients in this are camphor and menthol, which give you a cool tingly feeling to alleviate some itchiness.It has to be reapplied often, and if you've scratched yourself raw, do not put it on! Trust me, I gave myself contact dermatitis this way.Take a cold shower, then put it on
Corticosteroids: I was given prednisone, 5mg a day for 10 days.Does help alot (I barely have any hives left) but i'm still itchy, but not nearly as bad.
Price:Your insurance should cover it, but I paid $4.00 at Wal-Mart because I didn't have my card on me.walgreen's and cvs charge $15.00.
Cold showers- several times a day. take one as cold as you can stand it. hot water dries out and irritates your skin further
Oatmeal baths- Aveeno makes this godsend of a product, but there's generic brands too.dump it in lukewarm water, and within 5-10 minutes your itchiness subsides.until, 40 minutes after you get out of the tub and dry off,anyway.
Price- approx. $1.25/per bath solution packet
dress loosely-the more roomy clothes you're wearing, my dr says that your skin "breathes" better. Personally,yoga pants and a tank helped me.Jeans=hell.
Dandelion Root- this is a pill recommended to me by a friend's midwife. taken 2x/day, it supposedly helps. a tea made from this plant works too.
Vitamin K- Studies have shown women with PUPPs or cholestasis BOTH have lower levels of this vitamin.Ask your dr. if your prenatal vitamin needs some help.
Vitamin E- break open the capsules and apply