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24 weeks pregnant, severe itching all over body, no rashes. Causes for symptoms?

Hi, I am 24 weeks pregnant and have severe itching all over my body with no rash . This all started about a month ago and I was having all the other symptoms of cholestasis also so my Dr. had liver labs and bile salts etc drawn. all my labs came back normal, so cholestasis was ruled out. I am still experiencing the itching but not the GI symptoms. what else could the itching be from?
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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Hello. Thanks for the query.

Good tha t you have ruled out cholestasis.

Pregnancy hormones can also result in some itching during pregnancy as well as changes in your liver enzymes.
Some women experience unusual itching on the soles of their feet or in the palms of your hands while pregnant. This condition may be caused by increasing levels of bile salts from the liver in the body during pregnancy.

Typically the best way to treat itchy skin during pregnancy is by using plenty of moisturizer and avoiding drying situations (like hot showers or baths). A mild soap can also help prevent the skin from feeling too dry. Some women find a warm bath with soothing products like oatmeal helps relieve itching skin.

Dr Nilofer
Answered: Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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