PUPPP and Dandelion Root

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In my previous post I was talking about our skin, and it reminded me of a time in my life when I truly and unequivocally knew that conventional medicine would never be a final authority as far as family’s health is concerned.

While pregnant with my second daughter, during my third trimester, I developed an itchy, annoying rash. My OBGYN diagnosed it as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), also known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, it is the most common rash in pregnant women. It normally occurs during the third trimester with at around 35 weeks. The cause of PUPPP is unknown and the treatment of PUPPP is symptomatic – with steroid creams and in severe cases oral steroids. The rash is very itchy, is harmless to mother and baby, but can be very annoying. It lasts an average of 6 weeks and resolves spontaneously 1 to 2 weeks after delivery.

The idea of applying steroids over the half of my body was not at all something I would consider. I also was not going to suffer for another month until my due date.

Back in 2008 I already knew enough about Holistic and Integrative Medicine to ignore my doctor’s recommendations, go home and do my homework. After few hours of internet search I came across The Pregnant Daddy Blog of a man whose wife was suffering with PUPPP and after trying every possible remedy they could find, they finally tried Dandelion root and that was a success.

dandelion pillsI immediately went out and got myself some Dandelion root pills. It did work like a miracle. Within 24 hours the itch started to diminish, and within a week any sign of rash was gone. I had an appointment with my OBGYN who was shocked to see PUPPP clear up. However she refused to contribute the healing to Dandelion root. Nevertheless, before I left the office, I made sure every person working there knew about what has happened and at the very least my hope was that they will mention this to the next unfortunate patient with PUPPP.

And to think that I could have been covering myself in steroid cream for another month, while waiting for the only cure according to the doctor – the delivery?!

Today, four years later, there is a lot more information on the internet about Dandelion root, and there are some precautions which I was not aware of when I took it, apparently those who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine, should avoid dandelion.

There is this great article which includes dosage, indications, precautions, etc, on the University of Maryland Medical Center website, please refer to it if you need more information.

Source: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/dandelion-000236.htm#ixzz2H8rB9QI7

To you health!

Elena

 

48 Comments
  1. I did this in 2010, when I had puppps during my first pregnancy. I lucked upon a post from some british site that mentioned dandelion root as a possible solution, and it was the only thing that worked (and it worked fast!). I’m glad more people know about it now!

    • Hi Ashley, same here, in 2008 – found the info on dandelion and it was the only thing that worked. I was amazed how little help my OBGYN was.

  2. I had PUPPS with a few pregnancies years ago, at the time I didn’t realize it was auto immune, and DH (dermatitis herpetiformis), a form of celiac disease!! Interesting about dandy, it’s a yummy tea!

    • Hi Sara, I have to say I love your blog and your story! Great writing! And by the way I also did not know PUPPS was an autoimmune. This is the first time I hear about this and am not surprised.
      Thank you for stopping by! Elena

      • Thanks Elena! You too! Yes, my OB said, “Oh of course, why didn’t I realize that!” But the statistics for PUPPS and celiac are both 1%, Chicago University Celiac Center confirmed it last year!

      • I would to know where it is stated that PUPPP is related to celiac… I had PUPPP and 2 years later had a colonoscopy in which was negative for celiac.

      • Celiac disease is a disease that waxes and wanes. Some people have had an endoscopy for 10 years in a row before getting the proper diagnosis. High stress (and things like pregnancy) trigger things like auto immune disease.

  3. Hi all I’m reading through comments and I’m so distressed with this PUPPPS I’m only 26 weeks and the thought of this got a further 14 weeks is u bearable I’ve been reading about dandelion root is it safe for baby to take it? Please please someone reply I’m at my wits end thank you in advance kerrie

    • Kerrie, after all the research, I was not able to find any info on dandelion root being harmful for the baby. Plus you do not have to take it for too long! I always go with holistic, natural medicine first. Good luck with the baby 🙂 and getting rid of the PUPPPS. Let me know how it goes!

  4. I actually had puppp beginning right after my delivery. I tried every home remedy possible for a week and a half and my husband came across dandelion root as a suggested remedy. Within a day, my rash started to clear up. I was looking for verification that this was the solution for others in case i get it again thiis pregnancy. Thank you for confirming my happy suspicion! Wish more puppp sufferers knew about this.

  5. I was JUST planning to visit when I got your like, E! Happens to me a lot, with diff readers. I’m so glad to hear this about the pills. Dandelion is too cooling for me. But yeah, it’s awesome for the liver.

    Xxx
    Diana

  6. 34 weeks pregnant and two weeks in with PUPPPS. Just on my stomach right now, but terrified of it spreading. Want to start dandelion root ASAP. But I don’t do well with pills. Do you have another recommendation on how to have the same benefits? Will drops or tea work just as well? Also, I’ve read people doing flaxseed oil with the dandelion root. You didn’t do that and still had results? Any help would be sooooo appreciated!!! Thank you!!

  7. Hi there! I developed PUPPP in my third trimester, I gave birth 5 weeks ago, and it’s still here! I am beyond desperate to get rid of it, I’m going crazy! I picked up the capsules yesterday and am wondering what dose you used? Do you know if it’s safe to take while breastfeeding? I asked my OB and Ped and they just said that since it’s not regulated by the FDA they can’t recommend it (but didn’t say not to take it), since adequate testing has it been performed. My OB said that it’s probably fine, but I was wondering if you have been told one way or the other.

    • Courtney, I hope you are feeling better by now! Unfortunately I can not recommend dosage unless you are my client. In general however I would say start with the lowest and work your way up overtime. As far as breastfeeding, it is fine, but you should start with a low dose. Let me know how you do! Elena

  8. Hi there! I developed PUPPP in my third trimester, I gave birth 5 weeks ago, and it’s still here! I am beyond desperate to get rid of it, I’m going crazy! I picked up the capsules yesterday and am wondering what dose you used? Do you know if it’s safe to take while breastfeeding? I asked my OB and Ped and they just said that since it’s not regulated by the FDA they can’t recommend it (but didn’t say not to take it), since adequate testing has it been performed. My OB said that it’s probably fine, but I was wondering if you have been told one way or the other.

    • Courtney, I hope you are feeling better by now! Unfortunately I can not recommend dosage unless you are my client. In general however I would say start with the lowest and work your way up overtime. As far as breastfeeding, it is fine, but you should start with a low dose. Let me know how you do! Elena

  9. Hi,
    Just doing some research in case I develop PUPPPs again with this pregnancy. I got it with my first at 40 weeks and delivered at 40+5. It went away about 6 weeks post partum! Just wanted to mention this because it’s very clear to me that it did not just ‘go away’ after delivery, although this seems to be what most sites and doctors purport. I’ve even read that inducing is the only cure. I’d hate someone to decide to induce for this sole reason, then still find they’re stuck with PUPPPs.
    Anyway, if it occurs again, I’ll be looking into dandelion root!
    Thanks!

  10. Hi,
    Just doing some research in case I develop PUPPPs again with this pregnancy. I got it with my first at 40 weeks and delivered at 40+5. It went away about 6 weeks post partum! Just wanted to mention this because it’s very clear to me that it did not just ‘go away’ after delivery, although this seems to be what most sites and doctors purport. I’ve even read that inducing is the only cure. I’d hate someone to decide to induce for this sole reason, then still find they’re stuck with PUPPPs.
    Anyway, if it occurs again, I’ll be looking into dandelion root!
    Thanks!

  11. Dandelion root was my God send! Cleared mine up in 5 days completely! I was so relieved. I spent over a $100 on everything under the sun before finding a blog telling PUPPPS victims to use Dandelion Root!

  12. Dandelion root was my God send! Cleared mine up in 5 days completely! I was so relieved. I spent over a $100 on everything under the sun before finding a blog telling PUPPPS victims to use Dandelion Root!

  13. Hi
    I am currently suffering the nightmare that is PUPPPs. I had a fantastic pregnancy but developed it a few days after delivery, i am now 6 weeks postpartum and am fed up with smothering topical steroids on every night. every time i decrease the strength of steroid when the rash appears to be clearing (i.e. from dermovate down to betnovate) it flares back up with a vengeance! my dermatologist has said nothing about dandelion but i am now willing to try anything. I am not breastfeeding, (PUPPPs took that away from me, it was just too unbearable as the rash spread to my breasts and I had to stop 🙁

    I am going to purchase some dandelion tablets tomorrow, however could you recommend a dosage as there seem to be a lot of different strengths and brands out there?

      • Hi! I’ve been taking dandelion root and have also found it to be the only thing to help with my PUPPPs rash. Can you tell me how long you continued to take the pills after the itching/rash resolved? I’m interested in opinions on how much longer to take it. Thanks so much!

      • Hi Lindsay, thank you for stopping by! I would say if the rush has cleared up, stop taking it. And resume at any sight of a breakout. I stopped when PUPPPs was gone. Too much of a good thing ….. 🙂

  14. Hi
    I am currently suffering the nightmare that is PUPPPs. I had a fantastic pregnancy but developed it a few days after delivery, i am now 6 weeks postpartum and am fed up with smothering topical steroids on every night. every time i decrease the strength of steroid when the rash appears to be clearing (i.e. from dermovate down to betnovate) it flares back up with a vengeance! my dermatologist has said nothing about dandelion but i am now willing to try anything. I am not breastfeeding, (PUPPPs took that away from me, it was just too unbearable as the rash spread to my breasts and I had to stop 🙁

    I am going to purchase some dandelion tablets tomorrow, however could you recommend a dosage as there seem to be a lot of different strengths and brands out there?

      • Hi! I’ve been taking dandelion root and have also found it to be the only thing to help with my PUPPPs rash. Can you tell me how long you continued to take the pills after the itching/rash resolved? I’m interested in opinions on how much longer to take it. Thanks so much!

      • Hi Lindsay, thank you for stopping by! I would say if the rush has cleared up, stop taking it. And resume at any sight of a breakout. I stopped when PUPPPs was gone. Too much of a good thing ….. 🙂

  15. I seriously can say that pupps was probably the worst thing I have ever experienced and for some reason, I still have night mares about it even though I have been clear for about a week. I just wanted to let everyone know that I tried everything….LITERALLY EVERYTHING and nothing worked. Someone mentioned the pupps cleanse and I have been thanking her for the past week….no lie…everyday for the past week. Please try the pupps cleanse. It can be found at http://www.pupppcleanse.com. It will save you tons of agony, pain, and money.

  16. I seriously can say that pupps was probably the worst thing I have ever experienced and for some reason, I still have night mares about it even though I have been clear for about a week. I just wanted to let everyone know that I tried everything….LITERALLY EVERYTHING and nothing worked. Someone mentioned the pupps cleanse and I have been thanking her for the past week….no lie…everyday for the past week. Please try the pupps cleanse. It can be found at http://www.pupppcleanse.com. It will save you tons of agony, pain, and money.

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