Clinician's Photo Guide to Recognizing and Treating Skin Diseases in Women: Part 2. Pregnancy-Related Dermatoses

, University of Singapore in Singapore, National Skin Centre in Singapore

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Prurigo of Pregnancy

PP is a poorly understood condition. It occurs in the second half of pregnancy and presents as discrete, excoriated papules, located predominantly over the extensor aspects of the limbs, shoulders, and abdomen.

Differential diagnoses. PP is often confused with scabies, but does not respond to antiscabetic agents.

Treatment. Treatment is generally symptomatic; topical steroids are usually administered. Antihistamines may be used during the third trimester of pregnancy if pruritus becomes intractable and affects sleep.


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