PUPPP stands for "Pruritic Uticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy." In English, this means "really itchy rash that some pregnant women get." PUPPP typically starts with an itchy belly. Lots of women get itchy bellies when they're pregnant, but women with PUPPP get really, really REALLY itchy bellies.
This turns into a rash that starts on the belly, but may spread to the legs, feet, arms, chest, etc. I had hives on my belly, all down my legs, on my feet,arms and back. PUPPP usually spares the face, and the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
THIS THING SUCKS. Bites. Blows. I remember seriously thinking that if I could, I'd seriously consider trading the PUPPP for something that could potentially kill me but at least wouldn't itch. I can't count the nights I stayed up with barely an hour of sleep. I was exhausted, so tired, I'd sit in the bath tub and cry and cry...and cry some more.
I was so tired but I couldn't sleep. The rash was so bad you couldn't even avoid it while in a deep sleep. I took shower after shower every day. The water somewhat relieved it. Needless to say I was squeaky clean by the end of the day. I've took over 10 showers a day because of that rash.
Everyone knows scratching will make your stretch marks worse and I proved it. they say "Try not to scratch." But if you've ever had this rash it IS IMPOSSIBLE! I did more than just scratch. I would find the the coarsest loofah I could find and literally rub my skin raw.
At one point I had decided I was going to take that loofah scrub so hard in hopes that my skin would come off. Then maybe if I did that I would quit itching. Once I got in the hospital they were already testing me for meth. No lie!
I had scabs all over me. BIG scabs from where I scratched so hard. It DID look like I was on meth.
Now, almost 7 months postpartum I am covered in dark red and purple scars. My legs are disgusting. My stretch marks are so much worse than they were before I got this rash.
I had the puppp rash for 2 months straight. I do have pictures of what my rash looked like and what my scars look like now, but I don't have my camera with me so I will show you a picture I found on here and it looks like my rash when I had it.
After that I am terrified of getting pregnant again. I have no desire to. It was the most torture I've endured in my life and yes, itching can be that bad!
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