COMMON PREGNANCY-RELATED SKIN RASH

COMMON PREGNANCY-RELATED SKIN RASH

One of the most common rashes occurring during pregnancy is “pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy” (PUPPP), which occurs in about one in every 160 pregnancies. The rash, which usually develops in a first pregnancy often late in the third trimester (about 35 weeks), nearly always begins in the stretch marks (striae) of the abdomen. One characteristic that distinguishes it from other rashes in pregnancy is that it does not involve the belly button. The rash consists of spongy, raised, flat lesions known as “wheals” in the stretch marks that seem to grow together. PUPPP is very itchy and sometimes spreads to the thighs, buttocks, breasts, and arms. Treatment typically includes the use of topical (but not oral) steroids.

At ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY, we diagnose and treat skin diseases such as psoriasis, lesions, moles, warts, and contact dermatitis. We carefully discuss medical, surgical, and cosmetic options with clients and strive to provide optimal outcomes. Please call our office at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation of your skin. We are located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We accept most medical insurance, Visa, and MasterCard.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. PUPPP usually lasts about six weeks and resolves spontaneously one to two weeks after delivery, with the most severe itching normally lasting for only one week.

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A ROUTINE MATTER

Medical experts recommend that adults and children undergo routine screening for changes in the appearance of their skin. Regular visits to the dermatologist are just as important as regular visits to the dentist in light of the fact that one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in his or her lifetime. If there is any good news to report, it is that although skin cancer may be one of the most common types of cancer, it is also one of the most preventable. Obviously, however, (pre)cancerous lesions must be found and properly diagnosed before they can be treated. The longer a person waits, the more difficult it will be to treat any skin cancer.

Risk factors for skin cancer vary for different types of skin cancer, but general risk factors include a lighter natural skin color, a family history of skin cancer, exposure to sun through work and play, and a history of sunburns early in life. Protection your skin year round by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors and remain alert for skin abnormalities. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule a skin health examination. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Between regular professional screenings, it is important to conduct monthly self- checks, during which brown spots on skin (moles and freckles) should be monitored for changes.

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