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My PUPPPs Nightmare During 3rd Pregnancy Trimester

Author: Lisa C.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 08-14-2016
Views: 3,029
Word Count: 309
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 11007-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 2

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Around 36 weeks pregnant I developed PUPPPs (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy). Being a nurse myself I was able to figure out exactly what they were and knew what the suggested treatment would be... steroids. I had made it all the way from the beginning of my pregnancy without taking any medications and I wanted to make it all the way to the end that way.

I did some research and found that Melaleuca Alternifolia can help decrease the rash. I didn't have any of that oil but I did have Melaleuca Quinquenervia so I tried that. I started applying it on the day I had my appointment with my midwife.

When I showed her my rash she said, "Oh wow! I haven't seen PUPPPs in a long time." Lucky me right? She asked me what I had done already and I told her I had started Melaleuca that morning. She said that was exactly what she would suggest that I do and she suggested to use borage seed oil as the carrier oil. She did inform me that the rash would not go away until after delivery but hopefully the oils would make it tolerable.

Within 3 days of applying borage seed oil with 2 drops of Melaleuca Quinquenervia in the AM and in the PM my rash was GONE! No more bumps, no more itching, no more crazy redness.

I continued to applied the oils until delivery because I did not want it to come back. I didn't see that particular midwife again until after I had delivered but I told her about my experience.

I don't know what I would have done without my essential oils during that time. To anyone that has ever had PUPPPs you know it is the most annoying, painful, itchy rash on top of a belly that is already stretched to capacity.

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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: itching-(Pruritus) — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link

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