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Anti-Itch Creams in Pregnancy

Nov 22, 2011 - 0 comments

Not all anti-itch creams are safe or effective in reliving itch during pregnancy caused by prurigo of pregnancy, PUPPP, eczema, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, hemorrhoids, yeast infections or other causes.
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- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) paste or bath
- Oatmeal or cornstarch bath
- Calamine lotion
- Camphor ointment
- Colloidal oatmeal bath
- Diphenhydramine or loratadine cream or pills (antihistamines)
- Epsom salt bath
- Lactic Acid/Salicylic acid/Urea cream
- Lidocaine cream (local anesthetic)
- Menthol cream
- Mupirocin cream (for staphylococcal skin infections)
- Witch hazel lotion (for hemorrhoids)


- Emollients (to soften the skin), which contain stearic, linoleic, linolenic, oleic and lauric acid, isopropyl myristate, palmitate or stearate, ceramides, almond oil, castor oil, cholesterol, pine tar, beeswax.
- Humectants (attract water in the skin), which contain glycerin (glycerine, glycerol), glycolic acid, honey, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, sorbitol.

SIDE EFFECTS of certain skin products:

- Dimethicone cream (skin softener) may cause itch or burn.
- Lanolin (skin barrier) may cause eczema.
- Mineral oils (skin barrier, aqueous cream, petroleum jelly or petrolatum) may cause itch, folliculitis.
- Practically any skin product may trigger an allergic reaction.

PROBABLY INEFFECTIVE in relieving itch

Aaloe vera, calendula (marigold) lotion, primrose oil, tea tree oil, oral or topical vitamin C, D, E, K are probably ineffective.

Pregnancy Category C Anti-Itch Medications:
The following drugs caused harm in studies on animal fetuses. No harm to human fetuses has been proven, but cannot be excluded:

- Amonium lactate
- Benzocaine cream
- Butoconazole vaginal
- Calcipotriene cream
- Coal tar
- Gabapentin
- Pimecrolimus cream
- Pramoxine cream
- Steroid creams or pills, such as: hydrocortisone cream, hydrortisone rectal, triamcinolone topical, betamethasone topical, prednisone pills
- Tacrolimus cream
- Tretinoine cream
- Urea cream
- Zinc oxide

Speak with your doctor before using any remedy or medication listed in this article.

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