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What are pregnancy dermatoses?
Pregnancy dermatoses are rashes that only occur in pregnancy. There are four main conditions:
- Atopic eruption of pregnancy
- Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy
- Pemphigoid gestationis
- Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
Pregnant women may also develop other rashes common to the general population such as urticaria, viral rashes, pityriasis rosea or scabies. However, this information discusses only pregnancy-specific skin conditions. Management of pregnancy dermatoses is typically co-ordinated between a dermatologist and an obstetrician. Safety of the unborn baby is a major consideration with any treatment.
This information has been written by Dr Genevieve Sadler