If you are pregnant and suffering with PUPPP, read on! This was the only PUPPP’s rash cure that actually worked for me…
Y’all, I have twins. They are awesome and amazing and wonderful, but my pregnancy with them was NOT. I was sick as a dog and didn’t want to do anything but sleep. Fortunately, I wasn’t working at the time, because I honestly don’t think I could have held down a job. My husband jokes that he would leave for work while I was asleep in bed, then come home and I’d be asleep on the couch. I’d wake up to ask for food, then move back to the bed and sleep again. Only it’s not a joke! That was pretty much the story of my first trimester.
Second trimester was a lot easier and more enjoyable, that is – until the itching started.
Here’s the really really cruel thing about PUPPP – it always starts with itchy stretchmarks, and guess what normally happens when you get stretchmarks? They itch! So you google, and everything seems normal and fine – just go get some heavy duty lotion and take an oatmeal bath…
But then it gets worse. And worse. Until finally – it starts to spread. Just a little at first, like “hey, that’s not a stretch mark, why’s it itchy?” But it soon progresses to covering various parts of your body and driving you absolutely insane.
What is puppp anyway?
Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. Which roughly translates to itchy-scratchy-rashy-itchy-misery. It occurs most commonly in women who are pregnant for the first time or carrying multiples. It usually begins in the third trimester and doesn’t resolve until after you’ve given birth.
Here is a (really poor quality) photo of my arm when I had PUPPP. (But really, who wants to look at rashes in high definition? You can thank me for this out of focus moment later.) At this point, I didn’t even like to go out in public. Full body rashes have yet to come into fashion and tend to make people squirm a little.
I was trying everything under the sun to find some relief. Lotions, oatmeals, pine tar soap – yes, pine tar soap! It wasn’t even the vanity thing, it was just the relentless itchiness! I still have scars on my belly from scratching too violently. I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and go sit in an ice cold bath just for a moment’s respite.
I’d read countless stories from women who’d even tried prescription steroids to no avail.
But wait – There’s hope!
In my desperation – I finally found something that actually works! And if I ever doubted the legitimacy of herbal remedies, this made me a believer. I watched the rash (that had plagued me for weeks) disappear completely.
I’m not trying to sell you anything – I won’t make a dime if you try this. But if you’re reading this because you’ve been claimed by the dreadful PUPPP – I just don’t want you to itch for any longer than you absolutely have to. So, it’s going to sound a little crazy, but just trust me.
Dandelion Root. I’m not even kidding. Grab a bottle at a health food store or order it on Amazon. You have to take the maximum recommended dose and it will take almost 7 days before you start to see results (in which time, you might just feel like a crazy person, but what do you have to lose? Other than the rash!).
Here’s my warning: When you’re rash is gone and you run out of dandelion root, DO NOT STOP TAKING IT! Go buy another bottle. If you stop, your rash will come back and it will take another 7 days before you get relief. Don’t ask me how I know…
Are you a PUPPP’s sufferer? What week in your pregnancy did it show up? Have you tried anything else that worked for you?