Dermatoses of pregnancy

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Dermatoses of pregnancy
SpecialtyDermatology, obstetrics

Dermatoses of pregnancy are the inflammatory skin diseases that begin during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth.[1]

Atopic eruption of pregnancy

Atopic eruption of pregnancy is a group of inflammatory skin conditions in pregnancy, covering those with flare-ups of pre-existing skin conditions and those presenting with skin signs for the first time in pregnancy.[2]

Condition Image Onset in pregnancy Signs and symptoms Treatment Frequency Outcome
Eczema of pregnancy
Prurigo gestationis PMC4318058 IJD-60-28-g006.png Worse in early pregnancy[3] Itchy skin.[3] The skin appears normal in 15%-20%[3]
Pruritic folliculitis of pregnancy Pruritic folliculitis of pregnancy2.png Mid-to late pregnancy[4] Small follicular pustules scattered widely over the trunk.[4] Resolves by 2 or 3 weeks after delivery.[4]


Condition Image Onset in pregnancy Signs and symptoms Treatment Frequency Outcome
Polymorphous eruption of pregnancy PUPPP 2007-05-06 left.jpg Late pregnancy, shortly after birth[4] Itchy red rash in striae of abdomen.[3] Moisturisers, steroid creams, antihistamines[2] 1:120–1:300 pregnancies[2] Usually resolves after delivery and rarely recurs in subsequent pregnancies with same partner.[3] Does not affect baby.[3]
Impetigo herpetiformis PMC2806392 1757-1626-2-9338-1.png Late[5] Fever, generalised redness, pustules[5] May harm baby[5]
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy Late[5] Generalized itching resulting in scratch marks, erosions and scabs[5] Ursodeoxycholic acid[5] Incidence - 0.3–5.6%[2] May harm baby[5]

See also


  1. Himeles, Jaclyn Rosenthal; Pomeranz, Miriam Keltz (1 October 2022). "Recognizing, Diagnosing, and Managing Pregnancy Dermatoses". Obstetrics and Gynecology. 140 (4): 679–695. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000004938. ISSN 1873-233X. PMID 36075066.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Stefaniak, Aleksandra A.; Pereira, Manuel P.; Zeidler, Claudia; Ständer, Sonja (March 2022). "Pruritus in Pregnancy". American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. 23 (2): 231–246. doi:10.1007/s40257-021-00668-7. ISSN 1179-1888. PMID 35191007. Archived from the original on 2022-08-19. Retrieved 2023-05-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Morris-Jones, Rachel (2019). "10. The skin and systemic disease". In Morris-Jones, Rachael (ed.). ABC of Dermatology (7th ed.). Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell. p. 84. ISBN 978-1-119-48899-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 James, William D.; Elston, Dirk; Treat, James R.; Rosenbach, Misha A.; Neuhaus, Isaac (2020). "21. Chronic blistering dermatoses". Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (13th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. pp. 464–466. ISBN 978-0-323-54753-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Kurien, George; Badri, Talel (2023). "Dermatoses of Pregnancy". StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.

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