Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy

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Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, known in United Kingdom as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, is a chronic hives-like rash that strikes some women during pregnancy. Although extremely annoying for its sufferers, it presents no long-term risk for either the mother or unborn child. PUPPP frequently begins on the abdomen and spreads to the legs, feet, arms, chest, and neck. Papules and plaques usually start appearing on the abdomen and often spreads to the legs, chest, underarms, etc. The face is usually also spared and does not seem to become affected. Skin distension is a common factor in PUPPP, which is more common in mothers with large fundal measurements and/or those who are carrying large babies, twins, and triplets.

The papules and plaques often first appear within stretch marks. Certain studies reveal that this condition is more frequent in women carrying boys, although no formal research has been conducted. Statistics cite that 70% of PUPPP sufferers deliver boys. Some researchers think it has to do with male DNA interacting with the mother's body causing irritation. PUPPP's occurs in about 1 in every 200 pregnancies and is not always easy to diagnose. Http:www.whatispupps.com/PUPPSFACTS.html Cause The cause of the condition is unknown, but the distension of the skin is thought to play a role as this condition occurs mostly in first pregnancies, in the third trimester and is more likely with multiple pregnancies.

Other than additional associations with hypertension and induction of labour, there are no observed difference in the outcome of the pregnancy for mothers or babies. Treatment Treatment of mild cases during pregnancy consists mainly of the application of topical moisturising creams or aqueous/emollient ointments. Class I or II corticosteroid creams and ointments are used in more aggressive cases, and oral corticosteroids can be used to treat very severe cases—although the benefits of a pregnant woman's ingesting high-potency corticosteroids must be weighed carefully against possible risks to the developing fetus or fetuses. Rarely, in unusually persistent and distressing cases, some women have had their labor induced as soon as they are considered to be at term. Antihistamine tablets may be prescribed to provide relief from the itch, although they are generally considered much less effective than corticosteroid treatments, and may act as little more than a sleep aid. In the majority of cases, PUPPP resolves spontaneously within a week of delivery. However, a few women continue to experience symptoms long into the postpartum period.

See also Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy List of cutaneous conditions References ^ a b Matz H, Orion E, Wolf R. "Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy: polymorphic eruption of pregnancy". Clin Dermatol 24: 105–8. Doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2005.10.010. PMID 16487883.  ^ Tunzi M, Gray GR. "Common skin conditions during pregnancy".

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy

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"Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy: an unusual case". J Am Osteopath Assoc 102: 44–6. PMID 11837341.  ^ Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy~treatment at eMedicine External links Medical images of PUPPP/Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy http:www.whatispupps.com/PUPPSFACTS.html.

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