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Pemphigoid Gestationis

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Last full review/revision Jun 2021| Content last modified Jun 2021
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What is pemphigoid gestationis?

Pemphigoid gestationis is a rare, very itchy rash that happens only when you're pregnant, usually during your 2nd or 3rd trimester.

  • The rash often starts near your belly button and looks like flat or raised red spots

  • Later on, the rash spreads and turns into irregularly shaped, fluid-filled blisters

  • The rash is usually worst soon after delivery and disappears within a few weeks or months

  • If you have the rash, your baby may be born with the rash, but it usually disappears with no treatment

  • Once you've had pemphigoid gestationis, you’re more likely to have it in future pregnancies

What causes pemphigoid gestationis?

How can doctors tell if I have pemphigoid gestationis?

  • Doctors can usually tell just by looking at your rash

  • They may also do skin tests and tests to check on your baby

How do doctors treat pemphigoid gestationis?

  • Usually with a corticosteroid cream that you put on your skin to help it feel less itchy

  • If your rash spreads a lot, you may get a corticosteroid pill, such as prednisone

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