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Having rashes and itching during 34th week of pregnancy

hi, I am 34 week pregnant and having tremendous itchy skin . It was not that severe. But 1 week back it became worse and everyday it is getting worse. I normally use johnson and johnson baby oil after shower and cocoa butter lotion , Ucerin lotion whenever i feel my skin to be very dry. 2 days back I called my OB for the suggestion as Itchy skin is getting worse and having rashes on my stretch marks on my abdomen . As her suggestion I have applied Cortaid cream but it is not helping me. I am not able to sleep on my bed as the skin touches on the bed or with the contact of my clothes,it starts itching tremendously. Please help ..... sruti
Asked On : Sun, 5 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Thanks for your query.

It's not uncommon to feel itchy, particularly around your growing belly and breasts as your skin stretches to accommodate them. Hormonal changes may also be partly to blame. It usually disappears right after delivery.

But you should remember severe itchiness in the second or, more commonly, the third trimester can be a sign of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). The itchiness can be extremely intense and is typically worse at night. This ICP has very bad effect on fetus.

So better to visit your obstetrician first and if he/she suspects, you should do a liver function test with special mention on bile salt and acid and also frequent Ultrasound monitoring of the fetus to see his well being.
Best wishes
Answered: Tue, 28 Aug 2012
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Dear Patient,
This type of itching is quiet normal in late pregnancy & itching subsides after the delivery,but you can always take symptomatic treatment in the foirm of good moisturizing cream plus antihistaminic tablets. I suggest you apply Venusia max 3 to 4 times in a day & tab Avil 25mg SOS.
Dr Sharat Gupta
Answered: Mon, 6 Jun 2011
Dermatologist Dr. Sudarshan's  Response
dear shruti,
your condition is mostly PUPPP pruritic urticarial plaques and papules of pregnancy.
it will resolve with birth of child.use venusia max lotion and cetaphil soap daily and can use. take antihistaminic like chlorpheniramine maleate twice /thrice daily.
best of luck.
Answered: Sat, 11 Jun 2011
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I Had the same thing when I was pregnant years ago. My Dr told me it was like an allergic reaction to the baby that caused the liver to overreact and because it was the liver, that was why the itching. He said the only thing that would stop it was the deliery of the baby. It was true, as soon as my son was delivered and all the harmnes etc settled bact to normal the sores from scratching started to heal (itching was extremely intense).
Joy RN
Answered: Sun, 5 Jun 2011
General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Thanks for query,
As you are having 34 weeks pregnancy there is no harm taking antihistamines for your distressing problem.
This will give you relief from itching and further itching marks will stop.
You apply Vaseline on affected part.
ok and bye.
Answered: Mon, 6 Jun 2011
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