So, I’m going to tell you all about a little PUPPPS experience I had ten years ago (ugh! ten!).
Here’s the scenario:
I’m 17 years old. 7 months pregnant. Not understanding a thing about all the intricacies of growing a baby inside my body. It’s nighttime; I’m exhausted. I drift off to sleep for the night…
And then, BOOM! It hits me – intense itching on my legs. I was wearing fuzzy pajama pants, so I thought I was just a bit irritated. I scratched, only to discover that it became more itchy!
Then, the itching started on my growing belly.
“Maybe my skin’s just dry,” I thought to myself. So, I struggled to lift myself out of bed (boy, did my big round belly make things difficult!), and I made my way to the bathroom.
I undressed to lather on some lotion, and to my horror, what did I see?
Raised, red welts up and down the front of my legs and on my belly. I’m not even going to post a photo to show ya’ll as an example because it makes me itchy just looking at them. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already know what it looks like. For those of you curious cats, you can google it.
Me, with my health-paranoid nature, immediately became alarmed, and began googling everything under the sun. I stayed glued to my phone on the ride to the emergency room, trying to figure out just what in the world might be wrong with me, and how to make it go away.
After several hours of waiting, and lots of confused looks from the emergency room staff, the doctor came in. After examining me for a bit, he said it was just an allergic reaction. I wasn’t satisfied with this answer, and asked, “What about PUPPPs, the pregnancy rash?”
Mind you, I had never heard of the term PUPPPs before that night. With my *awesome* detective skills on Google, I stumbled across other pregnant women with this rash, and saw pictures that looked exactly like what I had.
The doctor paused briefly, said he would see, left the room, and came back about 15 minutes later. He said that, yes, it could possibly be PUPPPs, but either way, there was nothing to be done. No tests available – no quick fix for relief.
“It usually goes away after the baby comes. All you can do is put cortisone on it, and hopefully it goes away sooner than later,” he said. Well, thanks, Doc.
I was miserable over the next few days. The steroid cream prescribed did absolutely nothing.
I thought to myself, “There has to be something.”
So I continued my Google investigation, and this is how I stumbled across holistic, natural remedies for the first time. I tried a few suggestions for relief, but nothing worked.
Then I came across someone’s suggestion for dandelion root, either in tea or supplement form. Strange as it sounded to me, who had never dabbled in vitamins or alternative treatments before, was desperate to try anything.
So I bought Dandelion Root capsules. I began following the dosages right away, and in two days, my PUPPPs was already going away!
I swore, that as soon as I had my baby, I would vow to promote this remedy for PUPPPs for other lucky women who fell prey to this condition.
While, it’s been 10 years in the making, I’ve finally gotten around to it! Better late than never, right?
Nowadays, there’s tons of articles online about natural remedies for the rash, so I realize my information is nothing new. Ten years ago, however, it took a lot of Google digging to find suggestions for relief.
Regardless, it’s taken me this long to start a blog, and this is one of the topics I’ve always wanted to share my experience on, in hopes that other PUPPPs sufferers will get relief from the magical Dandelion Root.
If you’re preggo and suffering with this, you have my deepest sympathy. I hope that dandelion root works for you, as it did for me. But, everybody’s different, and pregnancy can be such a tricky thing!
That being said, please consult your doctor before trying any supplements. I never did, but I was young and I probably should have. I’m not trying to give anyone medical advice, I’m just one woman relaying her experience with PUPPPs to another! 🙂