Rashes During Pregnancy (PUPP)

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It’s common for mothers-to-be to experience rashes as their pregnancy progresses

This condition, known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (or PUPPP for short), is really common, fairly easy to deal with and not usually serious.

If you’re experiencing the sudden onset of rashes on your face, body or arms during your pregnancy, talk to a doctor now.

Our GPs can provide expert, tailored advice on coping with these uncomfortable symptoms and managing them in a way that’s safe for both you and your baby.

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What causes rashes during pregnancy?

The rashes common to PUPPP are thought to affect about one in every 150 pregnant women and tend to crop up on the abdomen during the final trimester (27 weeks onwards).

PUPPP causes small, bumpy, itchy rashes to appear, usually in the same area as stretch marks. These tend to be pink, raised from the skin and will often join together to form red, raised rashes that spread across the body.

They’re more common in first-time pregnancies and are thought to be related to the stretching of the skin. While it can be uncomfortable to deal with, PUPPP isn’t dangerous for you or your baby.

Most cases will only last a few weeks and should subside completely after you’ve given birth.

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Treating PUPP

It’s usual to treat these rashes with special creams, with the specific treatment depending on how severe the condition is.

Your doctor may also prescribe medication to relieve the symptoms and can offer a range of practical advice to help you deal with them and have a more comfortable pregnancy.

Puppp treatment during pregnancy differs from case to face, so if you’re looking for tailored, expert advice on tackling PUPPP – speak to a doctor today.

Our GPs can take a look at your PUPPP rashes, determine how severe the condition is and if needed, prescribe the right kind of medication to help you tackle the uncomfortable symptoms.

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