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The PUPPP Nightmare Started In My Third Trimester


Author: Heather L.
Date: 05-27-2015
Views: 8,339
Word Count: 403
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10645-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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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: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.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
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.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
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link

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