PUPPP Relief

halfling By halfling, 17th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article shares the story of my case of PUPPP during my first pregnancy and how I managed to cure the rash before I had my son. If you suffer from PUPPP try giving this simple home cure a try.

PUPPP - Home Treatment

Though my lovely son is now 8-1/2 years old as I write this and just getting out of 2nd grade, I can still vividly remember the rash I had in my last trimester of pregnancy with him. It started out in my copious stretch marks as a small rash with itchy red bumps, and in short order spread from my bra line to my ankles!

For those that have never suffered from this condition, let me explain the intensity of the itch. When I had chickenpox in 8th grade I had a severe head-to-toe case of 500+ pox. The intense and relentless itch from PUPPP made chicken pox pale by comparison.

I can still see myself up most of the night, too itchy to sleep, yet too huge and exhausted to do anything, sitting glassy-eyed in front of our computer endlessly cruising the internet for any possible cures (as you may very well be doing right now if you have PUPPP). After several nights and the rash spreading to most of my body, not only did I call my doctor to make an appointment, I also went with my mom to the store to buy everything that anyone had ever posted might work and took it all home.

My doctor gave me some over the counter anti-itch lotion and said the only "cure" was to have my baby, but that was still weeks away. I was sure by then I would need a straight jacket and be too insane to be a mother.

As luck would have it, among all the Dandelion pills, and other remedies I had purchased, I managed to start with the one that was not only simple but also worked. I know, get on with it already, the solution that worked for me was lemon water. I put straight lemon juice from my bottle in the fridge into my water bottle I was drinking out of. I added as much of the pucker power as I could reasonably handle to my container of water and drank as much water as I could make myself take, about 10-12 glasses a day. I even took my lemon water bottle with me to the bathroom, which I visited often as I flushed my system.

Seems the lemon juice can help flush toxins out of your system, including (at least for me) the toxin build-up of hormones that they seem to think causes PUPPP. Thankfully I was cured in a matter of days and with enough time to regain some sleep and sanity before my boy arrived.

I can't say that this approach will work for you, but I can tell you that it worked for me, and made me a believer in "old school" home remedies.

Good luck and best wishes.


Pregnancy Rash, Pupp, Rash Cure, Rash Treatment

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I am a busy mother of two school aged children. I have a great husband and work full time. I am an Excel and Internet addict, I also play RPGs, sew costuming and work in my yard.

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author avatar raman13
18th Jun 2010 (#)

Nice to read your brilliant work

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author avatar halfling
18th Jun 2010 (#)

Thank you Ramen13, if I can help even one other person with this I will feel quite happy.

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author avatar Asdfk
23rd Aug 2010 (#)

How much lemon juice did you use per glass?

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author avatar halfling
7th Jun 2013 (#)

I used as much as I could stand the taste of.

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author avatar Hus-Ben
17th Nov 2010 (#)

We're going to try this. I'm going tomorrow to buy a whollllllle lot of lemons, and she's going to guzzle the water like maaaaaad (which she's already doing).

I'll post the results as we experience them. (I hope to high heaven that this works... I've got a good feeling about it.)

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author avatar Hus-Ben
19th Nov 2010 (#)

We've done it for two days, so far with no success... We're using a bit more than an ounce of lemon at the bottom of a 20 oz tumbler... She has noticed an improvement in her complexion... the rash is still here, and she has gotten a prescription for it.

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author avatar Hus-Ben
20th Nov 2010 (#)

We've tried a bazillion things: vinegar, soda bath, oatmeal bath, reiki, SkinEDip cream, Calamine lotion, A&E cream (or whatever that stuff's called). None of it worked.

We haven't tried the Rainersoaps Puppp Relief(tm) soap, or the Pine Tar Soap. Or the dandelion root (homeopath guy was a bit nervous about that)...

My wife was prescribed a mild steroid, and I think it has helped, The lemon water has probably helped, but the thing that put a stop to my wife's badly inflamed right ankle was DESITIN Rapid Relief. It's working great!!!

And thanks Halfling for sharing!!

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author avatar Amber
26th Feb 2011 (#)

I know this is a semi-old post and most of you have probably already delivered, but if it can help anyone else who searches this out, I wanted to add to it! I just cured my own puppp rash with the dandelion root pills! I had tried everything, I was up every two hours at night applying different anti-itch creams and just thought I was going to die! I finally gave the dandelion a shot and it cleaned up the rash in 5 days. I'm going to try the lemon water to keep the rash away until I deliver because I'd rather not take the pills for another 5 weeks!

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author avatar Roxanne
18th Jun 2011 (#)

is dandelion root pills is safe for pregnant women? I have the PUPPP also, and it's very itchy that i can't even sleep at night.. please tell me what's the best remedy for this? thanks

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author avatar Samantha
23rd Jun 2011 (#)

Im so going to try lemon! i always used to drink hot lemon water or hot honey and lemon but it made my teeth sensitive. the dentist said brush your teet before you drink it and that should protect your teeth from the acid.

found some info on PUPP:

one in 200 pregnant ladies get PUPPP (or PEP)
It could mean a big baby
it could mean baby is born with lots of hair
there is no cure but it causes no harm to mother or baby.
its just REALLY annoying and might drive you insane...
some women suffer form it so bad that they opt to be induced into labour at 37 weeks!
Cause unknown, possibly to do with skin stretching, or an allergic reaction to some of the baby's cells getting into the mothers bloodstream or something like that...

"In the majority of cases, PUPPP resolves spontaneously within a week of delivery. However, a few women continue to experience symptoms long into the postpartum period."

"Some investigators suggest that the rapid abdominal wall distension damages connective tissue and causes an inflammatory response. One study has shown that male fetal DNA can be found in skin biopsies of the rash. Since 70% of women with PUPPP give birth to boys, a new hypothesis is that male fetal DNA acts as a skin irritant."

i literally feel like i want to peel my skin off with a cheese grater...
scratching it feels so good but it makes me come up in even more hives.
if putting cream on doesnt help, a cool/warm shower helps A LOT and my doc gave me e45 bath oil that you can also use as shower oil instead of soap.
if youre seriously suffering, the doc will give you steroids or steroid cream apparently. but taking steroids might mean your milk takes longer to come in? i dont know how true this is as im on a steroid hayfever nasal spray and ive been lactating since before 30 weeks.

it started on my cleavage then spread to my bump, thighs, knees, bum, rest of legs, backs of arms and armpits and now its spread to my chest and neck, ears and a tiny bit on my face. i feel so sorry for anyone else who has this as its hell... but only a few weeks left.

Willpower will prevail! :D

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author avatar Samantha
9th Jul 2011 (#)

lemon juice has worked a treat!
the rash has completely gone, so long as i dont scratch any tiny itches - i just slap a bit of E45 on instead of scratching and im cured!

Thank you so much!
Im now returning to all the forums ive seen about PUPP and posting about lemon juice!


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author avatar Trish
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Hi. I'm quite desperate. i have this rash that started on the stretch marks on my tummy and quickly spread everywhere. I've had this for 2whole weeks and i feel like i'm going crazy. My under feet has also started itching uncontrollably. My doc said that all of this will stop after i deliver. I am now 36 weeks and she suggested that i be induced at 38weeks. but i dont know if i can survive another 2wks with this itching. Does lemon juice and water really help?

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author avatar Michelle
2nd Dec 2011 (#)

I have searched so many sites in the last couple weeks to find out about PUPPP. My hives are getting worse... spreading and keeping me up for the last couple of nights with terrible itching!! This is my 3rd baby and I have never had this lovely rash before! Only 20 weeks pregnant so I am anxious to try the lemon juice! I have a LONG time left before delivery so I pray it works!

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author avatar Nettie
9th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for the advice. I have been drinking lemon water, but now I will do it with a fury. I've also read to rub yogurt with live cultures on the rash, and soak in a dried mint leaf bath in hot water for about 20-30 min then rub mint leaves over rash after soak.
My rash has been going off and on with the use of doTERRA essential oils, (I'll be using lemon oil instead of lemon juice and peppermint oil instead of mint leaves) but I want this completeley gone! I'm 16 wks prego!! I can't last till term. This is also #5 for me, and I've NEVER had this rash before.

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author avatar Veronica
5th Jan 2012 (#)

I had puppp for about 3 weeks i was in and out the hospital for about a week because i couldn't deal with the itch. i started to stress so much i thought i was going to go crazy. Then one day my husbands friend told me she would drink warm milk with honey to calm her down as well as help her sleep, mind you she didn't have puppp. i started to drink the warm milk and honey everynight and it happen to work within three days and i hardly have anything on my body! now i can enjoy the last ten days of my pregnancy without itchying :) goodluck if you try it

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author avatar Lisa
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

I had PUPPP with my first pregnancy. So sorry to anyone who has to endure this misery. Dandelion root capsules made my rash bearable (it didn't go away until after delivery, but at least I could sleep). My doc said dandelion was ok. My grandparents EAT dandelions, for goodness sake. I also found Sarna brand lotion very soothing. You can get it at Walgreens. I made it 4+ weeks with rash from neck down, and it went away within 12 hours of delivering my beautiful daughter. You will survive, too. Best wishes...

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author avatar Bry
25th Mar 2012 (#)

Im going insane!!!!! I too am suffering from PUPPPs and Im only 8 weeks pregnant!!! Ive already had this for 3 weeks and Im at my wits end!!! Going to try ALL of the above success remedies, I dont think I go on like this :( I already have a 10 month old baby, and I cant endure another 32 weeks of this constant itching and no sleep!!!! :(

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author avatar Mai
4th Apr 2012 (#)

Hi! I also have PUPPP. I had the itching from the 8th week of my pregnancy and became worse on the 20th week. I am itching all over and cant sleep well at night. They said that Grandpa's Pine Tar soap is the best remedy for the itching. I haven't tried it myself because i dont know where to buy it. My friends are helping me now to find this soap for me. Maybe you can try to find it for yourself also. God bless us!

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author avatar Ree
4th Apr 2012 (#)

I have this condition I have ordered grandpas pine tar soap from vitaminsuk website - I will let you know if it works, please work as this is a horrible condition, good luck ladies

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author avatar Cassie
28th Apr 2012 (#)

I know this is an old post, but just wanted to share that the lemon juice thing has seemed to work for me! I bought a few of those plastic lemons filled with juice. I squeeze about 2-3 ounces in the bottom of my liter water bottle and drink between 2-3 liters a day. In one week I've gone from unable to wear anything on my belly and thighs to almost completely better! The other thing that I think helped immensely was fighting the urge to scratch. The clue of times I gave in it BURNED for a good hour. So, hands off the rash and chug, chug, chug the lemon juice!

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author avatar Sara
12th Sep 2012 (#)

Up at 2am right now with this :( ive been taking dandelion root pills for 5 days so far (only the 2 pills per day) and thought it had improved but it flared up again. Also tried pine tar soap tonight which is nice while on but relief didnt last long. In the uk Eurax lotion (rather than the cream) works for a couple of hours if you dont scratch it but as you all know its hard not to scratch every time. I will try the lemon juice next as i am only 20 weeks and can no way go through this till term!! Will post back with update as i know many search the web like me for help. Please all keep posting x

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author avatar Carrie
4th Feb 2013 (#)

My son is 5 month now, I also had PUPPP since week37, it was like a nightmare for me. I tried many things but nothing really works well. Anyway, it gradually disappeared one week before delivery

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author avatar April
8th Apr 2013 (#)

I will have to try this. I delivered twins a week ago, and this rash is still here and still driving me crazy.

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