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Rashes During Pregnancy
These rashes may unrelated to the pregnancy or may be unique to pregnant women. In the latter category, there are conditions including pruritic and urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), polymorphous eruption of pregnancy (PMEP), pemphigoid gestationis, and pustular psoriasis of pregnancy. Some of these can be quite severe, and their treatment, as well as the treatment of any rash in pregnancy, is complicated by concern that the treatment may have adverse fetal effects.
Rash Prevention and Risk Factors
Risk factors and preventive measures to avoid a problem depend upon the type of rash.
Avoid offending or irritating agents like harsh soaps and cleansers if one has contact dermatitis. Patch testing with special allergens should be done if there is suspicion for topical allergies. Keep the affected area moist with cream/ointment or emollients.
Avoid infected people, especially with active chickenpox. Some viral infections can cause harm in pregnancy to the unborn fetus. Bodily fluids such as blood, respiratory droplets, and saliva also should be avoided to prevent infection.
Hand washing and proper hygiene are very important in prevention. Avoid shaving with dirty razors. Use special precautions in public facilities, including gyms, showers, and pools to help prevent infections. Do not keep razors in the shower; the warmth and humidity encourages bacterial growth.
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Jeffrey John Meffert, MD
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