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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tyree08
Feb. 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I got it. It sucks. Big time. and I am only 11 weeks. I have a long time to go!

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Natal...
Jun. 21, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I am 34 weeks and have this!!! :( Its terrible!!! Anyone have any other advice??????

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mrs.s...
Jul. 14, 2012 at 1:40 AM Man i just went to the Er last night wit this belly rash doc told me it was pupps but did not say it can get real bad. i have been itchy but its only on my left side of my belly so far. i do itch but no bumps are in those spots and i have been controling so far not to itch. I never heard of this before in my life and from reading these post wouldnt wish this on my enemy's

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mrs.s...
Jul. 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM I got a mild case of this rash so far and i so feel for u cause your was so bad it does its i found grandpa tar soap and a& d ointment helps for hours at a time. it started as a patch on my belly then moved to the back of my left knee and its much worse than my belly.

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mrs.s...
Jul. 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM Well my pupps spread to the back of my left leg and i find that Grandpa tar soap in cold water and a&d ointments works wonders my belly rash is completely gone and I'm working on my leg. this helps me sleep at night and get thru hours of the day i just make sure i take the soap n rag n ointment with me so if it flares i go wash n apply again works for hours and again i can sleep ....hope this info helps

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rlamber
Oct. 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Oh man...I feel ya! You cannot explain how bad this thing is...seriously. There is no sleep and no relief. I had a cabinet full of creams and anti-itch junk and NOTHING gets rid of this. I actually walked up to my boss about 3 weeks before I was due one day and sitting at my desk about to go insane with itching that I just could not take it anymore and wanted to spend the rest of my pregnancy sitting in a tub of oatmeal bath and I could not concentrate on work at all. I left that day and took my leave early. Luckily, my daughter came the next week, but man...it...sucked... I wouldn't wish this thing on my worst enemy...

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ALICI...
Mar. 28, 2013 at 7:32 AM I had a rash but it didn't itch as badly as you ladies but it was all over my breasts and stomach. It's Very sexy....ugh!

There is something you may want to try I get from Amazon. PediFix fungi soap. It's a liquid and their Tea tree soaking crystals.
I came across this because I googled a rash I woke with and I turn to this for all skin ailments. The tea tree oil helps many thinhs. Also buy a little tea tree oil and rub it on your rash. It's an amazing antiseptic. (And smells like one) but it is the best skin care cure for many things. Get some!!!

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GillyH
Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I started developing this rash on my stomach in my 7th week.  One week later it was all down my inner arms, thighs and eventually ankles.  It's agony!  The itchiness keeps you awake at night and you can't think or function properly during the day!  Not ideal for those still at work! 

In addition I also developed this on my cheeks.  They swelled so much one day I could hardly see through one eye.

If you've ever had this, then I know you understand!

Anyway, I followed a routine this week that has almost totally cleared the problem so I thought I'd share for other sufferers. 

Every night I soaked in a bath of Oilatum Plus.  This is usually stored behind the counter in the pharmacy so you need to ask for it.  As well as healing, it also contains a cleanser, so you can use it to clean your body, rather than angering the rash with other soaps. 

My GP prescribed Oilatum cream.  After my bath I applied this all over my body, then followed this with pure Aloe Gelly.  The Aloe is very good to take away the itch.  So I reapplied whenever I felt an itch coming on. 

Additionally, I took low 8mg doses of Benadryl.  One pill lasts for 8 hours.  I took one in the morning at 9am to last me through my work day.  And one at 23:00 to get me through the night so I could sleep.  The Benadryl makes a MASSIVE difference.  Make sure you don't take more than two a day...  As with any medication, it's up to you whether you want to take this or not... 

I'm now approaching my 10th week and the rash is all but healed. 

Good luck!  I hope this works for you too...

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baybelle
Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Thanks for sharing this. I got this rash immediately after my c-section. By the next morning my entire belly was covered in these unbelievably itchy blisters. The doctor tried to tell me that I was allergic to the solution they had used to sterilize my stomach, but over the next few days it spread to the tops of my thighs and around to my back and butt. By that point I was home, and I was so out of my mind with sleep deprivation and the incessant itching, that I literally took a cotton washcloth, dipped it into rubbing alcohol and scrubbed my skin raw. It burned, but the burning was better than the itching. And it worked. It stopped it from spreading any further, and over the next few days it went away. This was hell. I feel for all of you!

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Mamab...
Feb. 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM I have a cure!!!

I am so sorry for you women that are suffering. My mom had this exact thing (exactly what you are going through) with 3 pregnancies. She tried everything from going to specialists, cortisone cream (which made it worse) etc. she would literally use ice packs to numb her skin at night so she could sleep. There were times when she would go in the back yard and just scream. It was really bad. Even driving or sitting was torture.

Good news... She found a cure with her fourth pregnancy! She went to a naturalpath who told her that her liver was so toxic and essentially was using her bodies largest organ (her skin ... Looked exactly like picture) to hold the toxins which created the rash. The natural path told her to take AIM brand barley greens and Nature's Sunshine brand Red Clover. The natural path said if my mom's rash did not reduce and start to clear up within 4 weeks that she couldn't help her.

My mom started feeling better within a few weeks and the rash was gone within that month. She tried a health food store brand of red clover and it didn't work, so be sure to use high quality.

I really hope this can help those of you suffering.

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