itchy

Apr. 6th, 2014 11:17 am
mangofandango: (spn/mediocrechick/castiel is almost out)
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So, I have PUPPP. (It's a harmless but ITCHY rash that affects some pregnant people. Better than the obstetric cholestasis they thought I had before I developed the rash!) It has not been fun. I am finding some relief in taking two showers a day with pine tar soap, followed by extremely thorough moisturization and then spending as much time as I can letting the oil soak in before putting on the softest clothes I can find, but it is still itchy and I am Not Happy that I will likely have it in some form until after baby is born. I'm still trying things. I ordered a PUPPP relief oil blend from some aromatherapist/massage therapist in New Zealand yesterday, because people said it helped them and like HEY WORTH A TRY. I have some steroids from the dermatologist that I am trying to use minimally (they aren't a practical solution anyway, because you can't put it all over your body), and they offered me UV light therapy which I am considering, but also considering just trying getting more sun as that becomes an option. So, ugh, itch. At times, I feel like a lot of my brain function is dedicated to it. Here's hoping it gets better.

(I held my friend's 3 week old baby the other day for a little bit. I swear I was less itchy for hours after. Do you think it's some miraculous hormonal shifting treatment for PUPPP? She's offered me daily doses if I want. ;))

Date: 2014-04-06 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] touchofgr3y.livejournal.com
Eep. I hope you find some relief soon!

Date: 2014-04-07 01:16 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-04-07 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahness.livejournal.com
Can you take Benadryl? I thought it was safe for pregnancy and it could help with the itch. It'll also likely make you sleepy so maybe it's best to just take it at night. There's topical Benadryl too. In any case, I hope you figure something out!

Date: 2014-04-07 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mangofandango.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm taking Benedryl before I go to bed at night and it helps - not so much with the itching, but it makes me fall asleep so I don't care about the itching very much. ;) Thanks!

Date: 2014-04-07 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] duchez.livejournal.com
I wound up using lots of cocoa butter and other fatty lotions. Towards the end, I hated the scent, but what ever works.

Date: 2014-04-07 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mangofandango.livejournal.com
Ugh, you had it too? I'm sorry. :( I should get some cocoa butter. I'm using various other oils but I haven't tried that one yet, and you never know! Plus yeah, varying the scent would probably be helpful.

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