Christian Doulas

Pruritic Uticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy

If you are itching like crazy in late pregnancy, you might have PUPPPS.  Researchers are not sure how this condition occurs in women close to their due dates, but the symptoms usually include an itchy rash that begins on the belly and then spreads all over. 

The best place we've found to list possible help for this problem is Naomi's PUPPP Page, and our favorite attempts at easing the maddening rash are:

1. Band-Aid brand anti-itch gel

Effectiveness: high (according to fellow sufferer who wrote in)

Active ingredient: camphor

"...the product is 'Band-Aid' brand, (formerly Rhuli brand), anti-itch gel by Johnson & Johnson. It is a clear gel, (with a green cap), and dries fairly fast, so it is great to apply at work! Not to mention it is small enough to fit into your purse, so it is convenient to take anywhere. The active ingredient is Camphor (.45%), so it is somewhat similar to the Sarna and Respite (it too cools & numbs the skin). "

2. Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap

Effectiveness: high (according to several fellow sufferers who wrote in)

"You can get this at your local pharmacy or they can order it for you. You can also find it online. It is cheap, about $2-3 a bar. Use this daily when you shower. Just lather up really good and leave it on your skin for a few minutes before you wash it off. The key to killing this rash is to keep it dry. This soap will help bring it out so do not be alarmed if it seems to be getting worse before it gets better. That is normal. It will; however, disappear in about a week."

"1. Waddle as fast as those pregnant legs can carry you to the natural foods
store and pick up a bar of Grandpa's Wonder Soap with Pine Tar Oil. Or go to
their website,
2. In a cool shower, rub the Grandpa's soap all over the affected areas. Then
scrub with a loofah or bath blossom to build up a nice, rich lather. This also
is an excuse to scratch with a safe object, rather than tearing out chunks of
skin with your fingernails at night.
3. After you're all clean, turn off all the hot water. Put the itchy parts
directly under the icy cold water for as long as you can stand.
4. Pat dry and apply a light, absorbing lotion. I love Alba Botanica Very Emollient Lotion, unscented.
5. Keep a bottle of Jason Witch Vera herbal gel on hand if you have a case of
the itchies. I used this at night when I got an itch attack.

I was originally taking three showers a day with the Wonder Soap, morning,
after work, and bedtime. After a few days I was able to go to two, then one
shower a day. I noticed immediate relief from the itching, and within two days
the hives were visibly fading."

"I was covered from head to toe with a rash and it was the worse thing I have ever experienced. I could not sleep and actually I could not stand to be in my own body. [...] I tried one of your remedies - Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap. I think it is a miracle soap. Within the five days of using it two to three times a day along with my cream I can tolerate the rash. It is not gone, but I can at least stand myself. I truly got to the point that I thought I was going to lose my mind."

3. Baking soda paste

Effectiveness: high (according to fellow sufferer who wrote in)

Active ingredient: baking soda

"The best thing I found was to make a baking soda paste and to rub it everywhere.
It gave me the longest relief." (As a bonus, you probably already have this in your kitchen cabinet and can give it a try right now if you want.)

One Mom talks about how an accupunturist treated PUPPPS

My accupuncturist had never heard of PUPPP before, but
she saw that the worst areas were on my liver
“pathways” and she treated them this way:

First she used a seven star hammer- a tiny hammer with
little points on the end, and she tapped it all over
me- it’s a little uncomfortable, but not bad and she
doesn’t do it for long.

Then she performed “cupping”  where she uses glass
cups with disposable plastic inserts that are
suctioned on to the worst spots and leaves them on for
only a few minutes.  It’s feels like really strong
suction and you look like you’ve been attacked by an
octopus’ suckers for a few days- but it cleared up
after two treatments!

I have to keep seeing her every week or so to maintain this until the baby is born-but I am itch free and sleeping again.

One, more thing I wanted to add to my posting, is that
my accupuncturist treats pregnant women all the time -
it’s important to make sure the practitioner has lots
of experience, so you know they are cautious and the
treatments are effective.

Having said that- the other great thing about this
treatment is that there are no medicines or steroids
involved and it is completely natural, so you can feel
good about being treated this way.


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