why do my stretch marks itch after pregnancy

If you have small, raised, red and itchy areas on your, you may have something called polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP). It s a harmless condition, but the itching can be uncomfortable. PEP often starts in late pregnancy, but it can also happen just after the birth. The itching often starts in your stretch marks, or on your stomach, but it can also spread to other areas, such as your thighs, back, breasts and arms. Raised areas, as if you ve been stung by nettles (wheals). Small, red, raised lumps (papules). Larger areas of inflamed skin (plaques). Small blisters that leak fluid if you scratch them, and then crust over.

The rash is usually enough for a skin specialist to make a diagnosis. If there is any uncertainty, a skin sample and blood test can be taken. Experts don t know what causes PEP. However, it s more likely to affect you if your skin has had to stretch a lot, perhaps because you re, or if it s your first baby. The itching usually settles down, but it may not stop completely until near the end of your pregnancy, or a few days or weeks after you ve given birth. Although PEP isn t harmful, see your doctor, so she can rule out other sorts of
that may need treatment. Try having cool baths with an emollient added to the water, and use emollient creams and ointments afterwards.

Wearing cotton clothes may also help to avoid irritation to your skin. If the itching and redness is intense, your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream or antihistamine. One type of antihistamine, chlorphenamine (Piriton), has the side-effect of making you drowsy, which may help you to if the itching is keeping you awake. Oral steroids may be used as a last resort. Remember that while you re pregnant, and up until your baby is a year old. Having PEP shouldn t affect your, though if the condition is severe, some women choose to have their.

If you re using topical or oral steroids, you can safely after your baby is born, as only a tiny amount would be present in your breastmilk. However, if you ve put the steroid cream on your nipples and the surrounding area, you ll need to wash it off before feeding. Discover the other ways your, and find out if there s any way to. I am wondering about this too, I gave birth to an 8. 5lb baby four months ago. Immediately upon returning home my stretch marks meshed together to form large red welts that are raised from my skin. They are very painful, I still wear maternity clothes because they are so sensitive to touch.

My Dr said cocoa butter, but it hasn't helped. I've lost more than just my baby weight, and they still are popped out. I wish someone had another suggestion besides lotion. I have a similar situation. O. o mine are extremely sore. even for clothes to touch. its just the stretch marks though. They are also itchy. but when I put any creams on it at all. even lotion, they burn and itch even more. The thought of ice just sounds like it'd make it worse. They are also popping out of the skin (bumpy) a friend told me that there is a thing called PUMPS? which is a rash like thing in the stretch marks. :/ But they are still itchy and sore! posted 09/15/2010 by This might not be normal at al!

This happened to me (started looking like welts on my stretch marks on my stomach) and the bumps were so itchy I could die! Then it spread to my thighs, upper arms, and bikini region. Turns out I had postpartum PUPPP. So have your doctor look at it - because it can really turn into the most annoying of skin conditions! posted 07/20/2010 by Yes it's normal. Try not to itch them and use some lotion. I'm soryr, i don't remember how long they took to go away. posted 07/12/2010 by