What Causes Rashes During Pregnancy and How to Treat Them

What causes rashes during pregnancy?

Rash during pregnancy (PPR) is a common condition among pregnant women. It occurs when there are certain triggers that cause your body to react in a way that makes you feel ill or even worse. These triggers may include:

• Stress – You have been through some major life changes such as getting married, having children, moving house etc.

• Alcohol – Drinking alcohol while pregnant increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. If you drink alcohol during pregnancy, make sure that you don’t drink more than one glass per day.

• Parasites – Certain parasites can cause fever, chills, muscle aches and other symptoms in pregnant women. Check with your doctor if you think you might have any parasite infection.

• Inflammatory conditions – These include asthma, eczema, psoriasis, lupus and others. They can trigger flare ups of existing skin problems such as acne or rosacea.

• Asthma – Some studies suggest that exposure to pollen during pregnancy could increase the risk of preterm birth in babies. Avoiding outdoor activities during spring and summer months when pollen levels are high is recommended.

How do I treat my rash during pregnancy?

Most women who experience rash during pregnancy find that their symptoms improve either during the second trimester or by the third trimester. If you suffer from a rash, prurigo or any other skin condition that becomes worse during pregnancy, keeping the following tips in mind will help you manage your condition:

• Eat a varied, healthy diet.

• Get plenty of rest.

• Maintain a healthy weight.

• Get regular exercise.

• Manage your stress levels.

How will my doctor treat my rash during pregnancy?

Your doctor will ask you a few questions about your medical history and do a physical examination. If they suspect that you have an infection or rosacea, they may recommend a skin biopsy. You will be prescribed medication to treat any underlying condition. If you suffer from an allergic reaction, you may be given medication to help relieve your allergy symptoms.

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