What is Itching in Pregnancy?

Chronic skin conditions such as Atopic Eczema and psoriasis may change in the course of the pregnancy. Some will be worse, and some will be better.


PUPPP. Outbreaks of hives-like areas with papules with or without red skin areas, may be so-called ” pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy” (abbreviated PUPPP). A papule is a small fast thickening of the skin or mucous membrane. The rash occurs only on the stomach, often at the same time with stretch marks, and occasionally also the arms and legs are affected. PUPPP usually occurs in the third trimester. The itching can be treated with allergy tablets and cortisone cream or tablets. The rash disappears typically 1-2 weeks after birth, and is the most common skin condition that occurs during pregnancy.


Pregnancy itching. Occurs in all 3 trimesters. It is a frequent phenomenon, and often plagsom. The itching can be the context of the growing uterus, which stretches the skin on the stomach. Hormonal changes are probably contributing to the condition. Allergy medications and cortisone ointments used to relieve the itching, which may persist for several weeks after birth.


Liver conditional pregnancy itching. Itching can also be a symptom of disease of the bile ducts and liver, as for example by liver conditional pregnancy itching. This condition is characterized by the fact that the pregnant will be bothered by severe itching. The itching usually exists in most parts of the body, but it is usually most intense on the abdomen and chest. The itching is usually worse at night. With most of the itching occurs in the latter part of pregnancy. There seems no rash with itching, but only scratch marks. Mode provides a slightly increased risk of fetal death, and suddenly a little increased risk of premature birth. The doctor makes a diagnosis by examining the pregnant woman and by blood tests. It is typical that there is a much higher incidence of bile acids and liver enzymes in the blood. The condition can be treated with tablets which take the itching. We recommend that birth is about 38 weeks. The itching will disappear, and blood samples normalized a few days after birth.


Impetigo herpetiformis. Rashes that occur on the thighs and groin, but may spread to the rest of the body, can be caused by impetigo herpetiformis. This is a very rare complication that may occur in the latter half of pregnancy. The bodily symptoms may be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills and enlarged lymph nodes. The rash consists of round, curved or polygonal patches covered with small, painful puspropper (pustules).