The EADV Task Force "Skin Disease in Pregnancy" has produced a number of leaflets for distribution to patients.
There are few good quality studies (prospective, randomized controlled) concerning the treatment of pregnant women and almost none for dermatological conditions particularly of topical treatments. This naturally leads to the difficulty giving evidence-based advice which is desired in general.
The advice that will be given in our leaflets is based on the best available evidence. However, usually there are no good quality studies available and we have to rely on retrospective cohort studies the most.
The lack of good studies naturally led to different advice in different countries and it is impossible to know which is the best advice.
We aim for an overview of safe treatment alternatives and will leave it to the treating physician to give a final advice.
|USE OF STEROID CREAMS DURING PREGNANCY|
Steroids are produced naturally by the body. They reduce inflammation and have been altered to make it possible to use them directly on the skin rather than having to take steroid tablets. Continue reading...
|COMMON SKIN DISEASES IN PREGNANCY|
During pregnancy you may see many changes to your skin. We would like to introduce you to some of these common, usually harmless but often unpleasant skin changes and explain what you can do to help them.
Skin changes during pregnancy include:
- Stretch marks (striae)
- Skin tags
- Changes in hair growth
- Pimple break-outs (acne vulgaris)
- Pregnancy glow
- Spider veins and varicose veins
- Darkening of areas of your skin
- Darkening of moles and freckles
|SPECIFIC SKIN DISEASES & PREGNANCY|
Acne is a disease of the hairfollicle and its gland (pilosebaceous) unit. It usually starts in puberty and is affected by your hormones, arising in areas rich in sebaceous glands like the face upper back and chest, but it may occur in other places too.
Atopic Eruption of Pregnancy (AEP)
Atopic eczema is an inflammation of the skin causing dry and itchy skin. It can affect any part of the skin, including the face, but the areas most commonly affected are the flexures of the elbows, knees, wrists and neck. It affects both sexes equally and usually starts in the first weeks or months of life. Continue reading...
Genital or more accurately anogenital warts are benign skin tumours of the genital, perineal and anal areas; the medical term is condylomata acuminata.
Herpes is a recurrent, life-long viral infection of the skin and the mucosa (moist surfaces of the mouth and genitals). When located at the lower half of the body (usually in the anogenital region) it is called genital herpes. In woman, the perineum, genitals (vulva, vagina, and cervix) and the anal region may be involved. Continue reading...
Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP)
Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy refers to a liver condition in which the normal flow of bile is impaired resulting in severe itching in the mother and a risk for stillbirth and prematurity (delivery before term) in the baby. Continue reading...
Moles and Malignant Melanoma
Moles (melanocytic nevi) are benign (non-cancerous) spots which are usually dark brown in colour, but can also be skin coloured and can have different shapes and sizes. Continue reading...
Mollusca contagiosa are an infectious disease caused by a virus. They are small (1-5mm), firm, skin coloured, papules often with a central indentation, grouped or scattered anywhere on the body. Continue reading...
Pemphigoid (Herpes) Gestationis (PG)
Pemphigoid Gestationis is a rare skin blistering disorder that occurs in women of childbearing age. It usually presents in pregnancy but can also recur in women who subsequently take oral contraceptive therapy or with menstruation. Continue reading...
Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy (PEP)
Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy is a relatively common skin disorder that occurs in women of childbearing age. It usually presents in women during their first pregnancy and recurrence in subsequent pregnancies is unusual. Continue reading...
Scabies is a common and very itchy skin condition caused by human scabies mites. It can affect people of any age but is most common in the young. Scabies may also occur during pregnancy; however the course of pregnancy will not be altered by scabies and the unborn will not be affected by it. Continue reading...
Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a yeast infection of the vagina and vulva, caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Continue reading...