I am 19 weeks pregnant. I am having pregnancy rashes on my whole body. How to cure it instead of using Benadryl cream or pill?

The good news is that many women suffer from skin rashes during pregnancy and you are not alone in dealing with this unpleasant condition. The bad news however is that most oral medications and creams used to treat skin rashes should not be taken when you are pregnant as they can harm your unborn baby. Benadryl cream or pills should definitely not be taken to treat your pregnancy skin rash.

Keep in mind that whenever an unusual skin rash occurs during pregnancy, it is important to bring it to the attention of your doctor or gynecologist. There are some types of skin conditions that may be harmful to the fetus and require immediate medical treatment. Depending on the type of rash on your body during pregnancy, the treatment will differ. For example, is the rash itchy? Has it started off as small papules and then rapidly spread all over the body in red patches? If yes, you may be suffering from a condition known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy or PUPPP. This type of skin rash usually occurs in the third trimester and while it does not affect the baby, it can be extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant to look at. Oatmeal baths and aloe vera gel applied to the rash can help provide relief from the itching and redness.

Impetigo herpetiformis is a type of skin rash that requires immediate medical attention. Pregnant women with impetigo herpetiformis may experience symptoms such as pus filled bumps in the groin, hands, feet and face along with diarrhea, chills, vomiting, and enlarged glands. If your rash consists of tiny insect-like bumps that itch, you may be suffering from prurigo. This is not a serious condition and much like PUPPP can be treated with aloe vera gel and oatmeal baths. If the itching is very severe, consult with your doctor about the possibility of using antihistamines or corticosteroid creams to manage the symptoms. Other causes of skin rashes during pregnancy include allergies, viral infections, fungal infections, reaction against certain medications and insect bites.

Changes to the skin such as darkening and rashes are common during pregnancy due to the fluctuations of blood hormone levels. Most of these changes disappear after the baby is born but may reappear during your next pregnancy. If you suffer from itching without a rash or if the itching keeps getting worse, seek medical advice as soon as possible. If you already suffer from a skin condition before getting pregnant (such as atopic dermatitis), it is possible that the symptoms may become aggravated during pregnancy. Speak to your doctor about continuing your normal course of treatment or opt for herbal or natural remedies to relieve symptoms instead.

answered by M W

Hello, a very good herbal remedy for skin rashes is nettle tea as it soothes skin rashes and aids conditions such as eczema, you can add camomile to the blend which has antiallergic properties. ALWAYS CHECK WITH A QUALIFIED PERSON, that is safe to take any herbal remedies when you are pregnant.

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