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Atopic dermatitis in pregnancy


Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a genetic disease based on an abnormal immune response. Dermatologists estimate that eczema already affects about 15% of the population.

The skin at AD is dry, prone to irritation and itching. Unfortunately, pregnancy does not cure these types of problems. It often worsens the skin condition. Itching and burning while waiting for a child can become unbearable. In rare cases, the condition of the skin may improve. Pregnant women also report to dermatologists who have the symptoms of atopic dermatitis first during pregnancy. The conclusion is clear: there is no rule.

Can anything be done about it?

Drugs for atopic dermatitis during pregnancy

Fortunately, you can use moderate amounts of creams and ointments during pregnancy hydrocortisone. In addition, it can also be used under medical supervision antihistamines. Unfortunately it's better to avoid it cyclosporine. Like some antibiotics that are not recommended for women expecting a baby.

It is always good to consult a doctor before using any ointment or medicine during pregnancy.

The effects of new drugs (such as Protopic and Elidel) have not been studied during pregnancy, so they are not recommended to be used during this particular period, as the benefits may be much less than the risks to fetal development.

Treatment of nitrous dermatitis in pregnancy

The changes that accompany nitrous dermatitis can have a milder form if you follow some tips for preventive action:

  • cold compresses can bring relief,
  • it is worth limiting contact with potentially harmful agents: washing agents, soap, cleaning agents, bath liquids, perfumes, wool, dead animal skin, plants, fruit juices,
  • often moisturize the skin, especially after bathing,
  • they avoid hot baths during pregnancy,
  • try not to overheat your body,
  • avoid situations in which you could sweat heavily - of course pregnant moms are usually hot, but you can improve the situation of your skin by wearing loose, cotton clothes, avoiding rough, artificial materials and hot rooms.
  • avoid stress, keep calm, stress can worsen skin condition. Therefore, when you feel that you are about to panic or your mood deteriorates, take a few deep breaths.

Unfortunately, the propensity for nitritis dermatitis is hereditary, which is why your child may also have a problem with AD. If possible, breastfeed. Studies clearly indicate that at least six months of exclusive breastfeeding can significantly reduce the risk of AD.

Based on
"In anticipation of a child" Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
'Pregnancy week by week' by Annetten Nolden