Treating Eczema During Pregnancy

It’s surprising how common pregnant skin inflammation can be. It’s the most common skin disorder affecting pregnant individuals. And almost half of all pregnant women who develop skin-inflammatory eczema haven’t dealt with this condition before. In most cases, it appears during the early second or third trimester and gradually decreases after that (although some people can experience postpartum flare-ups). The good news is that this condition generally only lasts a few months, and in some rare cases, doesn’t appear at all!

Why does it occur so frequently in pregnant women?

One theory is that hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy cause an increase in the skin’s oil glands. When skin becomes too oily, it can trap moisture and dirt. Over time, this can lead to dry air surrounding the nose, which leads to symptoms such as itchiness and dryness. Another theory is that the body’s immune system reacts to the dry air and produces extra white blood cells to help the body clear out the moisture and fight the dry air.


How can you tell

if you’re experiencing eczema symptoms for the first time during your pregnancy? The best way to do this is by identifying what causes your symptoms. If you are experiencing dryness and itchiness during your first time pregnant appearance, chances are, these are caused by hormonal changes. If you notice an outbreak of dry patches on your body soon after you’ve given birth, then chances are you received some sort of immunization during your pregnancy. Also, if you’re sensitive to allergens, chances are you were allergic to something during your pregnancy and that the allergy has manifested itself in eczema symptoms.


Other common symptoms

that can occur during pregnancy or soon after being a sudden bout of diarrhea and vomiting, as well as general discomforts such as feeling tired and wanting to sleep more. Although these can be signs of many different illnesses, the two most common are usually because pregnant women are taking steroids or antibiotics. To avoid developing eczema flare-ups, it’s important to start to regulate your hormone levels early on. There are many different over-the-counter treatments that you can use to help control your hormones, but if your symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks, you may need to speak with your doctor to find out whether an allergy is a cause.


If you’re pregnant

and experience any type of rash, don’t panic. Often pregnant women will develop dermatitis at some point during their pregnancy. Many pregnant women develop dermatitis during their pregnancy and only realize it when they get a rash. However, in some rare cases, pregnant women can develop eczema throughout their pregnancy. If your dermatologist has diagnosed you with pregnancy eczema, there are a few different ways to treat it.


If you’re pregnant

and your skin isn’t reacting well to prescription steroids, your dermatologist may prescribe a steroid cream. This will help alleviate your symptoms, however, you should be sure to always put your steroid cream on a clean cloth before you apply it. If you wash your hands before applying the cream, you’ll transfer the potentially harmful steroids into your body. As you can see, it’s very important to keep your hands and skin clean before applying any steroid lotion to ensure its safe application.

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