Are there rashes related to pregnancy?

PUPPP
PUPPP

Itching during pregnancy can be something very simple like eczema (patches of dry skin), seborrheic dermatitis (scaling and flaking of the scalp and central face), and other common dermatoses. However, itching associated with blistering can represent a condition known as pemphigoid gestationis, sometimes called herpes gestationis—completely different from what is commonly referred to as the herpes virus. It is uncommon however very symptomatic when it is seen during and immediately after pregnancy.

Lesions can appear as red patches or blisters all over the body. Conditions such as allergic contact dermatitis, drug allergies and a condition known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) can also be confused with herpes gestationis.

The condition may last for weeks or months and is usually treated with various forms of cortisone.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a dry, red, patchy, scaly and itchy rash that can occur on any part of the skin. It is commonly seen in the elbow creases and on the hands. It is part of a condition known as atopic dermatitis.  Atopic dermatitis consists of  one or more of the following: allergies (such as hay fever and nasal allergies), eczema, asthma and keratosis pilaris (small bumps usually on the upper arms and legs).  These conditions can be seen directly on an individual or the person may have only one of the above with a family history of the others.  Dry weather and harsh chemicals in contact with the skin can make eczema worse. Stress can also exacerbate eczematos reactions.

Eczema is not contagious so it cannot be spread from person to person.  It is, however, believed to be genetic. If you are experiencing bothersome eczema, prescription treatments can be very helpful. There is a variety of new medications that my eczema patients have found very helpful. To avoid infecting your skin, try not to scratch at eczemetos patches.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661