Many pregnant women around the world experience the problem of pregnancy rashes. Pregnancy rashes may cause a lot of irritations and discomforts for the expectant mother. The treatment to be followed here will depend on the type of pregnancy skin rash.
Papular dermatitis of pregnancy is one kind of pregnancy skin rash which is caused due to the imbalance of the hormone levels in the body. Abnormally high gonadotropin levels and low estrogen and cortisol levels can cause this condition.
This condition is manifested by the appearance of extremely itchy red rashes all over the body. High doses of corticosteroids are usually used to deal with this problem. Also blood tests will be performed to evaluate the hormone levels and the medications will be prescribed accordingly. This is a relatively harmless skin condition which will disappear with the birth of the baby.
What is PUPPP?
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) is another type of pregnancy rash which is quite commonly seen in pregnant women. This condition occurs around 32 weeks of pregnancy and will also remain for a few weeks even after the delivery of the baby.
This rash appears in the form of small, itchy and red papules in the areas of the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and arms.Your doctor may prescribed topical creams containing corticosteroids to treat this condition. For less severe cases of PUPPP, antihistamine tablets are provided so as to get relief from the itching sensation.
Prurigo gestationis or purigo of pregnancy is another type of skin rash which develops during pregnancy. This skin rash appears as itchy red spots on the upper arms, legs and chest during early pregnancy. During late pregnancy, the rashes will appear mostly on the areas of the stomach.
This pregnancy rash will spread throughout your body after the delivery of the baby and will disappear in 3 to 4 weeks after the child birth. This condition can be treated propely using anti histamine tablets.
Herpes gestationis is a kind of pregnancy rash which occurs rarely. This is caused due to the action of herpes simplex virus and will appear as itchy red bumps throughout the body. Oral steroids and antihistamines are used to deal with herpes gestationis .
This condition should be treated timely as failure to do so will lead to the development of complications like skin necrosis in the expectant mother.