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08/03/2016 at 18:00
I am sure hoping someone replies to this message. I want to know of some of your experiences as I feel so low at the moment. Seen loads of old threads about this topic but nothing quite recent.
So I am 38+3, for the past week I have been really suffering uncontrollably with itching, literally everywhere. I believe I only have a rash because of me itching. It's horribly worse of a night and I'm now not sleeping at all. I've used every cream known to man and nothing is soothing it, I've been put on extra antihistamines, even though I was already taking them daily! Been having bloods took but everything seems normal at the moment, they seem to want to wait til next week to review but I am breaking down every night because I just can't settle.
Any body else out there had this? Did it eventually show as OC? Did you find anything to soothe the itchiness? Please any shared stories or opinions would atleast make me feel a little better!
09/03/2016 at 02:25
Hey mine wasnt as bad as yours sounds but i did have a awful rash on my neck i used my sons ezema cream and that blue lotion called nevea and made sure u didnt get hot the heat and sweat causes to itch more. Good luck hope it heals ur almost there.
09/03/2016 at 11:48
Hi Terri, it sounds like it could possibly be PUPPP rash. If so, it's completely harmless but very uncomfortable so I feel for you! I had this too starting week 37 but it cleared up thankfully after a few days of treatment. I found mine to be worse at night, when I typically find myself sweating/getting too warm. My dr prescribed a 2.5% hydrocortisone lotion to be applied twice a day and a short course of oral steroids (although I didn't end up needing to take them). I stayed home and took Benadryl (antihistamine), one in the afternoon and one before bed to help with the itching (and to sleep through the itching!). I also used Grandpa's Pine Tar soap (smells like a bonfire!!!) twice a day in a cool shower - I picked up this tip on the soap after reading many recommendations for it on different forums. You can buy it at health food stores here in the US or on Amazon. It's important to wear loose cotton clothes and try to not itch it (which felt impossible!). I also took oatmeal baths before my nighttime Benadryl and used ice packs to relieve the really itchy spots, especially at night! It typically starts on the belly but mine was worse on my thighs! It's important that the dr is checking your blood to rule out anything liver (cholestasis I believe) related but if everything is coming back normal, it could be PUPPPs rash. My dr told me the cure is giving birth so you just have to manage the rash and itching until then. I know how uncomfortable you must feel so i hope some of these suggestions help you!
09/03/2016 at 16:28
Hi TerriW, although mine not as bad as yours usually.It is usually worse at night and worse with sweating.
I agree with cjk8 provided the blood test not OC then more likely PUPPP. This article has some tips like using ice cubes etc see http://patient.info/health/common-problems-in-pregnancy
I found itching made it worse and wasn't keen on taking the antihistamines I was prescribed.
However I have been using hydromol ointment religiously so much that my bump is always shining and at night when bad on my feets I use hydrocortisone 1% ointment (topical steroid).The steroid cream worked instantly but not advisable to use all over body just areas where I am very itchy,red or with rash.
I still get itchy but use it as a sign to top up on my moisturizers.
09/03/2016 at 17:56
I really really understand how the itching is getting you down, plus lack of sleep, it's a nightmare! You poor thing!
I had OC in my pregnancy, it took a couple of blood tests to show up, to start with my bile acid level was high but not over 10, it was 9.7, my ALT level was through the roof though, the next test showed bile acids over, I was 34 weeks when diagnosed and had my labour induced at 37+1. What were your results?
Waiting each week for more bloods was awful, I know how much of a worry this can be but if your liver function is okay then that's a great sign. If it's PUPPS then it's terrible symptom wise for you but no risk to bubs.
I would break skin and cause red lines/rashes all over me from the itching. Having tepid baths with lavender oil seemed to help, also having nothing on at night and covers off (heating up a bit) helped too. Also what have the doctors said?
When I had my little girl all my symptoms stopped so that was a relief!
Sending big hugs to you, let us know how you're getting on Xxxxx
09/03/2016 at 18:12
Thank you everybody for your responses. It has been a relief just hearing I am not the only one going itchy mad.
Been at the hospital all morning, all my bloods are coming back as normal and they seem to find nothing there that should be showing up. The doctor has now put it down to pregnancy eczema yet, has told me it's the worse case he's seen. He's given me a steroid cream which worries me as I can't apply as and when I need, so tonight's rest will be hit and miss. He has told me he believes my only cure is to get LO out, so they've given me a sweep today. Apparently I am already dilated so fingers crossed tonight will be the night anyway. Thank you so much for your responses.
09/03/2016 at 18:19
Aww best of luck Terri, glad they have ruled out OC for you but so sorry to hear how you're suffering with your symptoms, fingers crossed that your sweep is successful in bringing your little one into the world soon! Xx
10/03/2016 at 05:54
Glad your test were normal TerriW, looks like you're almost there wish you the best with the sweep and delivery.
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