No Relief From Pregnancy Rash

by Lacy
(Olney TX)

Hello my name is Lacy. I am 26 and a mother of 3. I am married to a wonderful man. My problem began about 8 years ago. When I first got pregnant with my first child, I developed a rash on my breast and stomach. When I talked to my doctor about it he told me it was a pregnancy rash similar to what one in a thousand get. It was called "pups" and that it would go away as soon as I had my baby.

Well it was only 3 months after my first child that I got pregnant with my 2nd child and yet the rash was still there. Yet again it was referred to as "pups". After my 2nd child, I waited 3 years to have my last child and in that time I developed the rash 6 times in 3 years. I was not pregnant during that time.

When I went back to the doctor I was given some kind of rash pill to stop with itching but still no answers. My last child was born on Jan 30th of 2006. She just turned 4. I still to this day have this rash come and go. No creams out there help. It is very frustrating to have scars and sores from this rash. I am humilated when I try to get intimate with my husband. He always tells me he does not care what is on my outside but I do. I am tired of living with this problem and not getting any answers.

It is upsetting to talk about. I feel like a freak. I am writing and telling you my story because I am wondering if there is anyone else who suffers from this problem. The rash itself starts out as just a really severe itch on my breast and stomach and then it turns into little bumps. After scratching, the pain and itch is so severe that I have no self control. I know that sounds bad but its so true. I am tired of my sores and scars and I am asking for help!! If you suffer from this or know someone who has any help suggestions I would be grateful. Thank you!

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Jun 11, 2014
Red Itchy Rash on Tummy
by: Annie

I also suffer from this. I have been through six pregnancies and three children. I had no problems with skin rashes until after my third and last child after which I had my tubes tied. A few hours after surgery I developed a red itchy rash on my tummy that was there almost three weeks abd I could not find any medications or creams to cure it.

That was two years ago and still every so often I get the rash and always on my tummy and it gets horribly red and itches so bad. I find cool water and hydrocortizone and Benadryl work for me. These treatments do not cure the itch but subsides it a little.

May 15, 2012
Pregnancy Rash
by: Anonymous

I have four children and over the pregnancies the itching and rashes progressively got worse. At about five months pregnant with my second child, I developed a rash on my lower legs that would not stop itching. The doctor said it must be 'pups'. With my third and fourth children the rash was on my legs and lower arms. Each time it disappeared a couple of months after birth, but lots of scars and a pledge that we had had our last child. I felt it was like an allergy to the baby.

As I went into my forties, I started with a rash on only one of my arms each November. I would wake up scratching until it bled. The only relief was ice. I described it to my doctor that it did not feel like an insect or dry skin itch, more like a pain in the skin. The ice would deaden it until I could fall asleep. The rash occurred several years and was based around stressful events (like the holidays). Ultimately I attributed it to a hormonal issue that doctors have no answer for. Now in my fifties, I have not had it for several years. Again hormonal?

Dec 15, 2010
Did you try?
by: Anonymous

My aunt had a similar problem and so did my mom. But when they started to go to the tanning bed it cleared it up and hasn't been back since. I am not saying it's a treatment but it worked for them. So it might be worth trying.

Apr 17, 2010
Rash was a Staph Infection
by: Rosemary in Metairie,la

I went to a new dermatologist doctor and finally got a biopsy of my skin just to find out that this has been a staph infection all the time. A year and a half of itching, bumps that come and go and a lot of scars to find out it was this. To all that maybe suffering ask if what you have is a infection. I am glad to just know this is finally almost done with and I will be cured.

Apr 16, 2010
I had Pregnancy Rash, too!
by: Darlene

I started having the rash about two weeks before I delivered. It lasted for about 3 months after. Then it started back up 20 years later (no child to attribute this to). I believe it has to do with hormonal imbalance. However, I cannot get any doctor to agree with me and they have no solutions to my problem.

Sorry I cannot help you but at least you will know (and I know) that you are not alone in this.

Feb 28, 2010
by: Rosemary in Metairie,la

The only relief I have had has been a combination of hydroxyzine and Zyrtec which control it but it doesn't go away. I too have all the scars from the scratching. The summer is coming and I don't know what I can do. It gets hot here in New Orleans and shorts are the way to go all summer. I have been trying to control the scratching but sometimes you just have too. The doctor said try Zantac because that is also an antihistamine and it may work from the inside out. I will keep you posted.

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