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Itching is one of the most common and disturbing complaints during pregnancy. Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist Op.Dr.Hülya ERDEM ÜÇÜNCÜ share with those who are curious about the subject.
: Causes itching during pregnancy?
Kiss. Dr. Hülya ERDEM THIRD:
- Changing hormones during pregnancy
- Cracks developing with weight gain during pregnancy
- Easier drying of the skin during pregnancy
- Bile acids that accumulate as a result of pauses in bile flow, especially towards the last months of pregnancy
: When should the expectant mother consult a doctor?
Kiss. Dr. Hülya ERDEM THIRD: It is usually expressed if it is mild in routine monthly examinations. Your doctor will tell you that this phenomenon is common, and that it is extremely rare that there is any danger to you or the baby. Changing pregnancy hormones caused by skin cracks and dryness usually do not require additional tests. However, liver function tests may be ordered since very common stubborn itching may result in jaundice due to obstruction of bile ducts in 2-5% of pregnant women.
: What other diseases should be suspected in case of itching during pregnancy?
Kiss. Dr. Hülya ERDEM THIRD: Allergic diseases, rash diseases, fungal infections and scabies can also cause itching.
: How is the treatment planned?
Kiss. Dr. Hülya ERDEM THIRD: Warm and cold showers are recommended to the expectant mother. Some lotions containing special pregnancy creams, almond oil, calamine to reduce pregnancy stretch marks are rarely given orally when necessary. Pregnancy cracks will be more in excess weight gain. Therefore itching will also increase. Therefore, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
: Is it possible to repeat?
Kiss. Dr. Hülya ERDEM THIRD: Even if no treatment is taken, it usually passes within 2 weeks after birth. The chance of repeating with the next pregnancy is quite high.