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Friday, January 27, 2012

Kikay Friday : That Terrible Itch and My Magic Potion

When I was pregnant with my son, I had very little problem and felt great from the time I learned I was conceiving until around my 7th month when the ring finger on my right hand started to itch.

That itch persisted and began to spread to the whole of my 2 hands. After days and nights of painful scratching and endless soaking (in hot water, cold water, vinegar, and various concoction), I gave up and consulted with my OB. Her initial impression was Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy or PUPPP but to get a second opinion she referred me to a dermatologist who gave me prescriptions of mild steroids.

my hands - beginning to heal 2 days after I had Enoe

PUPPP is a rare pregnancy-related skin rash (a nasty one, I swear!) that normally starts at 35 weeks of pregnancy (mine started at around 30 weeks) and usual 'victims' are moms-to-be of baby boys. My OB told me that of her 27 years of practice, I was only her 2nd patient with this rare condition. Anyway, some studies show that fetal male DNA causes skin irritation. Aha, that proves how men can be really a pain (or should I say, an itch) in the ass of women!

The steroids didn't do its job and the 'rashes' spread to my upper torso and back. Although thankfully my arms, legs, neck and face were spared, the terrible need to scratch gave me sleepless nights and uncomfortable days. There was a point when I wanted to have my hands cut off or just to jump out of the window (first floor lang ha).

my tummy - shedding off skin, a sign that the suffering is over!

The fact that there seem nothing that can soothe me, even temporarily, enough to just even allow me to sleep was frustrating. My OB, the chairman for the OB Gyn Dept of Medical City, although very sympathetic for my sorry state, told me it will only go away after I deliver the baby. I almost told her to slice me open that very moment.

Left with no other recourse, I began searching for anything that could keep my skin constantly moisturized to somehow appease the itching. I found some advice from the internet about how colloidal oatmeal works great for soothing rashes and irritations from poison ivy, bug bites, chicken pox, eczema, and other skin conditions. This led me to a frantic hunt for lotions that contain this 'magic' ingredient and luckily I found Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

It didn't take away the rashes but it did help with the itching. Not 100% scratch-free but at least I was able to get a couple of hours rest from the worry before it hit again (then I'll have to reapply Aveeno). I'd have to say it carried me through 38 weeks, something I thought I couldn't wait for any longer during those hellish times.

Now, I never ran out of this lotion and I've stashed many other Aveeno lotions of other variants. To say I am hooked would be an understatement. It has even become my alternative for my son's skin allergy in lieu of steroidal ointments prescribed by his pediatric derma.

(So to those who wonder why I am so obsessed with lotions, now you know!)


pyxxie0703 said...

grabe weng i didn't realize it was that bad! how is your current pregnancy going naman? hoping it's going to be really a breeze this time! :)

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