18. Rashes and Itching

  1. David Vaughan,
  2. Neville Robinson,
  3. Nuala Lucas and
  4. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch18

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

How to Cite

Vaughan, D., Robinson, N., Lucas, N. and Arulkumaran, S. (2010) Rashes and Itching, in Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch18

Author Information

  1. Harrow and London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178211

Online ISBN: 9781444323948



  • rashes and itching - onset of rash in HDU, highly significant;
  • urticaria (hives), itchy, erythematous weals – arising, acutely from mast cell degranulation;
  • precipitating drugs, antibiotics, opiates and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs);
  • stopping drugs - itching and swelling prevention;
  • cutaneous drug allergy - manifesting 3 weeks after administration of causative drugs;
  • complaints of pruritis - not uncommon in pregnant women;
  • itchiness without rash or cholestasis - in 20% of pregnancies;
  • causes of itching - physiological, drug reactions, liver disease and primary skin diseases;
  • dermatoses, and pregnancy - in peri-partum period, polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, pemphigoid gestationis;
  • cellulitis and impetigo, by staphylococci - and erysipelas by streptococci


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Urticarial disorders

  • Infections

  • Other disorders