Pregnant Women Suffering From POPPP Rashes Can Try The Following Home Treatments
Pregnancy is the happiest time in a woman’s life but the occurrence of POPPP rashes could make things difficult. If you see a red, pimple-like rash lining the stretch marks caused by pregnancy, you should understand that it is a POPPP rash and that it could require proper treatment.
What is a POPPP rash?
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (POPPP) is an itchy rash that occurs along with stretch marks but appears in the later stages of pregnancy. It usually starts in the abdomen but could spread to the lower parts of the body.
A POPPP rash contains a hive-like bump but it can become larger and inflamed in individuals with a lighter skin tone. Also, it could be surrounded by a thin, white halo. In most cases, it disappears within 15 days of childbirth.
Should I get treatment for a POPPP rash?
A POPPP rash triggers an itching sensation. You will require treatment if the discomfort is unbearable. For treatment, you can try home remedies or visit your doctor for consultation, if the condition is severe.
Home remedies for POPPP rashes
- Oatmeal Bath
Soak in the oatmeal water for 15-20 minutes and do it 1-2 times a day. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation and itching of a PUPPP rash in a short time. Mix two cups of oatmeal in a tub of water for bathing.
- Cold Compress
Cold compress has a numbing effect on a PUPPP rash and this effect can soothe the rash and relieve the itchy skin. Take an ice pack and cold compress the affected skin for 5-10 minutes. Repeat the process a couple of times and do it 1-2 times a day.
The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile tea could help in managing swelling and itching around a PUPPP rash. Boil 1 tsp of chamomile leaf in water and soak a cotton ball in that mixture. Apply the cotton ball to the affected area and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Repeat it 1-2 times a day for better results.
A mixture of peppermint and coconut oil can help relieve the itching sensation and inflammation on a PUPPP rash. You need to mix 2-3 drops of peppermint oil with half-tsp of coconut oil and apply the mixture to the affected skin. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. Do it once a day, if you see improvement.
- Clove Oil
Topical application of clove oil is found to be beneficial in a PUPPP rash. It reduces inflammation and itchy sensation. Mix 2-3 drops of clove oil with half-tsp of coconut oil and apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it for 15-20 minutes. For better results, leave the oil on the affected area overnight.
- Dandelion Root
Rich with anti-inflammatory properties, dandelion root treatment can give fast and lasting relief from itching and swelling associated with a PUPPP rash. Boil 1-2 tsp of dandelion root tea in a cup of water for 5-10 minutes and then strain. Soak a cotton ball in the dandelion water when it is cool and apply the cotton to the affected skin. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off. Repeat it 1-2 times a day.
Tips to prevent POPPP rashes
• Avoid scratching the rashes even when you have an itching sensation
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
• Moisturize the skin including the affected area daily
• Don’t use moisturizers that have retinol, salicylic acid, or vitamin A as these compounds could aggravate the rashes
• Wear loose clothing to provide breathing space to your skin
• Avoid warm baths, soap-based cleansers, and excessive sun exposure
A good thing about POPPP rash is that it can subside on your own. In this situation, it is advisable to wait until the completion of pregnancy, if itching is bearable. POPPP rashes can be treated post-pregnancy when you have plenty of time to rest and relax.
In case, you find it difficult to cope with POPPP rashes, you can go for a natural treatment that is both safe and effective. Choose one of the above-mentioned treatment options for home treatment of your rashes. But you should consult a doctor if the rashes are severe.
Disclaimer: The home treatment options for POPPP work well but there is no guarantee of success or allergies. You should consult your doctor before trying any home treatment.