Skin disease with symptoms that mimic the rash of a common illness such as chickenpox or dandruff can be identified as Prurigo of Pregnancy. It is more common in preterm infants, especially those born at or after 32 weeks gestation. The diagnosis may be based on the exclusion of other causes such as diabetes, leucorrhea, chills, etc. In such cases, treatment including anti-allergic drugs, antihistamines, and antibiotics is usually recommended. Allergic reactions to foods or environmental factors such as cigarette smoke or strong odors may also trigger skin disease.
Prurigo Pregnancy Symptoms
Symptoms of pruritic urticarial papules and plaques are itchy, red, scaly, and thick. Some also have a loss of hair in patches. Some may have mild burning sensation or itchiness while others may have severe soreness and pruritic urticarial papules and plaques. Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques have a viral character and are frequently recurrent in nature. They appear mostly after the first trimester. The exact cause of prurigo of pregnancy is not known but it is suspected that it is associated with maternal hormones, pregnancy, infection, and hormonal instability.
Prurigo Pregnancy Treatment
The exact treatment of this condition is not clear. Generally, topical creams containing anti-histamine drugs, azathioprine, and prednisone are prescribed. These medications are effective in reducing the itching sensation but they do not alleviate the pruritic problem. For individuals who are affected by this problem, oral antihistamines such as Zithromax and Xanax are effective. However, these drugs must be taken only during the early part of the pregnancy. Individuals may see a red patch of irritated skin near the umbilical cord. This rash is common in all people but its occurrence is more in pregnant women. The patches may be tender to touch and itchy. In some cases, people may see inflammation of the abdomen with a crusty look and a foul smell.
Prurigo can cause the formation of the classic venereal sign of blisters. Blisters are formed when the papules and plaques enlarge due to the growth of new cells within them. The blisters are filled with liquid and they can burst easily. These blisters are characterized by white edges and red, tender spots. The clinical features of prurigo of pregnancy are similar to the symptoms seen in people who are suffering from atopic dermatitis. However, in the case of atopic dermatitis, the lesion(s) are usually located on the body of the child. In the case of prurigo, the spots occur on the lower abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and upper legs. Therefore, it is essential that treatment be taken in order to prevent the occurrence of prurigo at this critical period in one’s life.