I have had itching all over my body, except feet, hands and face, for about the last three weeks. It started off without any rash, which was concerning in case it was Obstetric Chlorestasis, but two blood tests do not indicate any cause for concern in that respect, thankfully. However, the itch is getting worse and the rash is developing on my legs and elbows, horrid welts/hives that do not go away and get worse at night.
Anyway, I am 38+1 and having an elective section (due to a naughty breech baby ;)) in 8 days AND COUNTING and I am thankful for that and also that this appears to be a mild case of PUPPP, now apparently called PEP, although from my research online I read that it could get worse and worse. I really hope not! I just wanted to share a bit of information for people who think they may be experiencing the same thing, as it is horrid.
Some useful links: bad.org.uk/site/733/default...
Remedies that may work, that I have tried (although they haven't worked for me personally) ; bicarbonate of soda baths, oatmeal baths, Pine Tar Soap (bought on Amazon), baby oil, hydrocortisone cream (1%) as prescribed by Dr, Aveeno moisturiser, Diprobase, general moisturisers.
Remedies that have worked for me; lying on ice packs (ones that you buy to put in cool bags, as they are larger) - sleeping on these have helped me get a better sleep until they get warm! Aqueous cream containing 2% menthol (Dr was reluctant to prescribe me this as menthol has not been tested on pregnant women- like many medicines, so i purchased it on Amazon) is soothing, although makes me feel really cold better than the itch though, cool baths and showers, though again it is not pleasant being cold. I didn't want to take Loratidine or Cetirizine (antihistamines) as apparently there has not been a lot of research into their effect on pregnant women/ the baby, however they are seen to be relatively safe according to NICE, so I tried them last night, but they didn't help. I find wearing next to nothing is somewhat helpful especially at night. It helps to keep cool.
I was not keen to try dandelion capsules, a remedy that I have heard lots about online, since they apparently contain high levels of vitamin A, but as I am getting more and more frustrated by the itch, I have ordered some to try as it seems to help people and I am so far along. Fingers crossed they help!
Apparently this condition normally resolves once the baby is born and is unlikely to occur in subsequent pregnancies. Here's hoping!
If anyone else has any information or tips on this subject it'd be great to have your comments!