Monday, December 28, 2009

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

I have been serving women as a doula for over a year and just had my first encounter with what is apparently an extremely common rash in pregnant women - Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy. Or, much shorter, PUPPP.

I found info here:

more photos here:

Apparently the common treatment is steroids. But that sends up red flags for me... I am curious about what effects this might have on the baby and the mother's health.

While looking for alternative remedies, I found
quite a strong consensus that Grandpa's Pine Tar soap does a superior job of diminishing the itch and clearing
away the rash.

It seems that some women found other solutions, including nettle tea, dandelion root (as a tea or in capsules), flax seed oil, and aloe applied topically.
Mothering magazine)

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