What are PUPP Rashes During Pregnancy ?

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What is PUPPP Rash?

PUPPP aka Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy Rash is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs during the last trimester or more specifically the last 4-5 weeks of pregnancy. These rashes generally appear on the belly, thighs and other body parts prone to fat deposition. It is seen on body parts where there is stretch mark due to pregnancy. It gives an unbearable itchy sensation.

How to Identify PUPPP Rash?

Registered medical practitioners or dermatologists identify these rashes by tropical check-up. But, PUPPP rashes are quite easy to identify by yourself at home as they appear near the places the new stretch marks are appearing. This itchy rash looks like a cluster of red mosquito bite bumps and causes itchiness that feels more annoying during the night time.

What are PUPP Rashes During Pregnancy ?

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Why Do PUPPP Rashes Appear?

The actual reason behind PUPPP rashes during pregnancy is yet to be found out. It is assumed that the rapid growth of the baby during the later stages of pregnancy causes intense stretches in the sensitive abdominal skin. The abdominal skin has better stretch durability but when the baby bump grows past skin’s elasticity level, the cells of the belly skin gets irritates and that’s when they get damaged and cause itchy eruptions of PUPPP rashes.

Who are More Prone to PUPPP Rashes?

A study showed that out of 1000 pregnant women 6-7 have PUPPP rashes. Some women are more prone to these rashes than others and they fall in one of these categories;
1. Ladies with extremely sensitive skin that is prone to redness allergenic reactions
2. Women in their first pregnancy
3. Those who are carrying twins or triplets
4. Women with European, Caucasian or far-east Asian origins
5. Ladies whose mother, sister or any blood-related woman had PUPPP rashes
6. If the child, the mother carrying, is a boy

How to Prevent PUPPP Rash?

PUPPP rashes can be quite stubborn if it starts to appear. They cause reddened skin with bumps of eruptions plus annoying itchiness. The itchy sensation hampers daily life as well as the soundness of sleep. Sleep disturbance is not at all good for the mother. So, it is a clever idea to put a check mark to PUPPP rash prevention. Here are some ways that would help you to prevent PUPPP rashes.
Skin’s hydration level directly affects the skin’s elasticity. PUPPP rash can be prevented if the skin is properly hydrated and has better elasticity. To prevent dry skin follow these simple steps daily even before your baby bump starts to grow.
1. Drink lots of water and increase your overall fluid intake
2. Moisturize Regularly: There is no better option than moisturizing at regular intervals when you tend to develop stretch marks. Nourish your skin immediately after bath and two more times in a day. Use good quality moisturizers with glycerine, honey, ceramide or collagen-rich moisturizers. Avoid moisturizers with Vitamin A or anything that says skin lightening in its claims. You can even prepare your own moisturizer by mixing up 1 tablespoon milk cream to ½ tablespoon honey and ½ tablespoon aloe vera gel.

Do PUPPP Rashes Go Away?

Yes. They do. Once you have given birth, the rashes would go away within a week or so. If you have super sensitized skin the rashes might take 3-4 weeks. If the irritation persists further, definitely consult a dermatologist or your gynae.

Home Remedies to Soothe PUPPP Rash

In spite of preventive measures, if PUPPP rashes appear, it is best to try out home remedies before buying any store-bought cosmetic grade products. It is best to see a dermatologist and proceed further if the rash condition has already gone out of hands. Here are some excellent skin soothing home remedies that would help to calm the itch and redness caused by PUPPP rashes.

1. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an excellent skin calming ingredient with astringent properties and it is very mild on skin as well. There are multiple brands offering 90-100% pure witch hazel extract in gel form. Buy one of them that suits your needs and id available in your place. Keep it handy and apply it in the affected skin 2-3 times a day or whenever the itch starts.

2. Homemade Cucumber-Chamomile Gel

Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh cucumber juice to 2 tablespoons of aloe gel and add 1-2 drops of chamomile essential oil to it. Mix well and keep it in the fridge. Apply as needed.


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