Right at the end of my 36th week, I began to notice that my stretch marks were really itchy...for a few days, that seemed pretty normal...
37 weeks I began to realize it was itching more than it should, and figured I'd bring it up with my doc at my 38 week appointment (no 37 week appointment).
Two days before my 38 week appointment (I was 38 weeks 3 days), I messaged a friend to whine a little...she mentioned PUPPPs. I looked it up, and it sounded like EXACTLY what I was dealing with. I had to e-mail my doc and BEG for help RIGHT THEN. He called me a few hours later and said he'd call in a scrip for a cream and some benadryl for me and assess it at my appointment. Good enough for me!
The cream did okay for the first couple of days and helped with the itch as long as I stayed well coated...the doc confirmed that it was PUPPPs and a pretty decent case of it too. YAY!
So, that was at 38 weeks...and here are the pics from THREE DAYS after I saw my doc. I woke up 2 days after my appointment COVERED in the rash from collarbones to toes...it got worse over night so my hubby took some pics to e-mail my doc (because its impossible to get in to see him on short notice). The doc called in some stronger scrips and notified L&D that if I called them at ANY point they were to give me another stronger drug if I thought I needed it. I had to call them for the stronger drug the next day...
Luckily, the rash is still there, but MUCH less intense now because of the meds...which I've been able to mostly wean myself off of so that I only take them right before bed because the itching is worst at night. Unfortunately, it still covers ALL of my body...and its HARD to not scratch!!!
So, thats my story of PUPPPs...heres the pics!!! Sorry so long!!!
My belly stretch marks all inflamed and swollen and raw from the rash (normally they're very pale, but the rash has made them RED!) Don't mind my bathing suit bottoms, hehe.
Yeah..the whole leg...don't mind my fat-ness...my legs were VERY swollen
Don't mnd the doggy butt...my ankles got it the WORST!!! So bad the skin cracked and bled!
It never turned bright red on my arms like it did on my legs, but it IS there and it IS even MORE itchy than my legs (except my ankles). OUCH!
My back...hubby took this wile I napped on my bed (next too a big pile of clean laundry, haha). I never knew how bad it was back there because I can't scratch back there if I wanted to!
What got me through was sitting a bathtub full of cool water, Atarax to sedate me and help calm the reaction, and a steroid cream applied twice daily. Also, Baby Magic lotion. All other lotions made me itch more.
When I couldn't bathe, I kept cottonelle flushable toilet wipes handy and wiping my skin down with the cool wet cloths could calm the itch for a while.
Hope that any of you that have it can find some relief...and those of you nearing the end DONT get it!!! Good luck!