When a baby is on the way, it's an understatement to say a lot of physical changes are happening in the mother's body, and these changes can come along with some uncomfortable side effects. Some pregnancy issues, such as morning sickness and heartburn, are common and well-known among the general public. Others, like pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy or the PUPPP rash are less common.
PUPPP may sound like it has something to do with dogs, but it is an uncommon skin rash that can occur during pregnancy. PUPPP stands for pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. Pruritic means itchy, urticarial means hives. Papules and plaques refer to broad, inflamed areas on the skin. In other words, PUPPS is an itchy, hive-causing, inflamed rash.
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