Pruritus during pregnancy is fairly common. It is often generalised and the skin appears normal except for excoriations. The pruritus may be due to cholestasis. The symptoms usually disappear on delivery.
Treatment should involve relief of the symptoms. As there is no visible cause of the pruritus in many cases symptomatic treatment is all that can be done.
Advice for the Patient
The patient should be advised not to scratch. Scratching sets up the itch-scratch cycle and may lead to damage to the skin. Soap should be avoided as it may remove the sebum and dry the skin, exacerbating the pruritus. After bathing, the skin should be patted dry on a soft towel, not rubbed, so as to avoid irritation.
Products to Help (Anti-pruritics, Soap Alternatives)
An anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and cleansing solution with a pH of 6.5, Pinetarsol Solution relieves itching and reduces inflammation. Add 15 - 30 mL to a warm to tepid bath. Bathe for 5 - 10 minutes, once daily or more often in severe cases.
PINETARSOL BATH OIL
Pinetarsol Bath Oil is a non-greasy, water dispersable bath oil for the treatment of dry, itching, inflamed skin conditions. Containing pine tar, Pinetarsol Bath Oil reduces inflammation and relieves pruritus. Pinetarsol Bath Oil also contains emollient oils to hydrate the skin. Due to the cleansing properties of Pinetarsol Bath Oil it can be used as a soap alternative. Add 15-30mL to a warm to tepid bath (5mL to a baby’s bath or hand basin) and bathe for 10 minutes once daily, more often in severe cases. Pat skin dry.