Monday, August 13, 2012

PUPPS :: A Public Service Announcement

Ha! How did you like that official title? This is not a fun post, but one that I hope may help others when they are desperately searching for answers, even if it's years from now. It's personal and not pretty, but because someone else shared I'm feeling much better, so I'm spreading the love too! :)

So, during my last pregnancy I got this horribly itchy red rash ALL OVER my belly and the top of my legs. The doctor said that it was PUPPS (which stands for something with a ridiculously long name) and said to try a steroid cream. Well by that time the rash was so bad that I was miserable! I couldn't even sleep I was itching so bad. The cream did nothing. I searched and searched for answers and treatments on the Internet, nothing that worked. It got worse. Finally, I found a lady saying that V8 may work. An 8 oz glass at morning and at night. I tried it, along with Sarna lotion to sooth the itchiness when it was bad, and within a week it was almost gone. If I stopped drinking the V8 it would start to come back. The only places left were the really bad spots that had been bleeding. Within 2 weeks even those spots were gone. Now fast forward to this pregnancy. About a two weeks ago I started to get an itchy patch on my belly, as it started to spread that first week I remembered! It's that PUPPS again this pregnancy! I started the V8 and as of this morning it is almost gone. Try it, spread the word, let me know how it works for you.

Now, I promise you something pretty for the next post! :) xo, Sam

8 comments:

Brooke said...

Wish I had know this several months ago! I had a friend who had it so bad it was very hard for her to sleep. :( I will make sure share this!

Cherishing My Days said...

A friend of mine went nuts during one of her pregnancies Because of PUPPS. I will definitely have to remember this tip if I ever run across another mom with this irritating condition!

Kim said...

Good gracious! I'm so sorry! I'm glad you found something that helps - thanks for sharing!

Enchanted Moments said...

So good you found some relief...I had the sore and itchy tummy with all my three possums...I used to scratch it with a hair brush until it bled...that fine line between pain and relief...just terrible...my skin just couldnt cope with the stretching...I have pretty amazing stomach designs left over from my pregnancies...lol...but hey, it was well worth it...I would itch all over again just for the result at the end.. :) Hope you are feeling good...x

Karen Knight said...

Seriously?? I had this with my #3, it hurt so badly and no one had any idea what it was. Even the nurse looked at it in horror and figured it was my skin stretching. I just slathered it with all kinds of ointment type lotion and it helped some. Wow! Glad you're getting relief from it. It is sooo uncomfortable!

Brenda C. Boylan said...

I had this same rash with my last pregnancy, it was so uncomfortable. I have had skin problems my whole life, itchy dry scaly skin every day, but this rash was unbearable. I remember asking my obgyn about it and hoping there was some relief. He said and I quote "maybe you have fleas in your house". Wow thanks. I was so defeated, and never found any relief. Wish I had known about the V8 answer. I am glad you don't have to suffer!

Kris Mays said...

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. Unfortunately quite familiar with it!!!

Dawn said...

Wish I had known this back in the day. When I came in to deliver my oldest, I was covered in hives. They made me wear paper gowns and have paper sheets...thinking I was allergic to the fabric/detergent. Oh my! That was not comfy at all. Not to mention, they ripped easily and I was exposed even more than necessary. :P