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The PUPPP Nightmare Started In My Third Trimester

Author: Heather L.
Date: 05-27-2015
Views: 7,172
Word Count: 403
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10645-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 6

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After doing a lot of searching for some quick relief for the pregnancy rash known as PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) or PEP (polymorphic eruption of pregnancy), I was ready to tear my skin off. The itching of this rash is too much to handle on top of my other pregnancy symptoms.

I knew that the only other option, if I could not find an essential oil to help me out, would be to get the doctor to prescribe a steroid cream. However, before trying a steroid cream, I decided to pull my essential oils out and dilute them with coconut oil to see if I could get some relief.

I tried both Lavender and the Gentle Baby blend. They provided temporary relief of the hellish itchiness. Finally, I tried Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil. I never thought that I could love an essential oil, but this one is my new best friend right now because I have 5 more weeks of pregnancy and am still dealing with this rash.

I applied about 2 to 3 drops neat (undiluted) to my rash and then followed up by applying coconut oil to dilute it since I was not sure how sensitive my tummy would be. Immediately I felt relief. After about 3 to 5 hours there was still a very small amount of itching, but it had become quite bearable.

Continuous use of this protocol 2 to 3 times a day has helped me sleep and feel more comfortable. I have noticed that the inflammation and redness usually decrease within an hour of application. However, the rash itself could exist until after I give birth.

There are no preventative measures nor any cure for PUPPP as far as I have found. Even the steroid cream that doctors prescribe does not cure this. But Tea Tree essential oil has definitely helped calm down the redness and itchiness that over-the-counter products have not successfully done.

I wanted to share this because I spent 3 days looking for the best options to help reduce inflammation, itchiness, and redness and was feeling defeated until I finally tried Tea Tree essential oil. There are barely any resources online to help pregnant women with this rash because it only occurs in the last trimester in one out of 150 pregnancies.

I hope my experience helps others suffering with PUPPP. I would not wish this rash on anyone!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: pregnancy — "The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."Link
2.Associated topics: dermatitis — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
3.Associated topics: dermatitis — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
4.Associated topics: itching,dermatitis,hives-(urticaria) — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
5.Associated topics: dermatitis — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
6.Associated topics: dermatitis — "It is suggested that the in vivo effect of tea tree oil ointment in the therapy of fungal infections of the skin and mucous membranes as well as in the treatment of dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, may be at least partly due to an antifungal activity of tea tree oil."Link

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