Skin eruptions specific to pregnancy: an overview
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
© 2013 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 233–240, October 2013
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Skin eruptions specific to pregnancy: an overview. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:233–40., , , .
- Issue published online: 16 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 3 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 2 OCT 2011
- atopic eruption of pregnancy;
- intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy;
- pemphigoid gestastionis;
- polymorphic eruption of pregnancy;
- skin eruptions
- Pregnancy results in various physiological skin changes. As a consequence, some common dermatoses can present more frequently in pregnant women. In addition, there are a number of skin eruptions unique to pregnancy.
- The aetiology of physiological skin changes in pregnancy is uncertain but is thought to be due to hormonal and physical changes of pregnancy.
- The four dermatoses of pregnancy are: atopic eruption of pregnancy, pemphigoid gestationis, polymorphic eruption of pregnancy and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.
- To understand the physiological skin changes in pregnancy.
- To identify the skin conditions that require appropriate referral.
- To be able to take a history, to diagnose the skin eruptions unique to pregnancy, undertake appropriate investigations and first-line management, and understand the criteria for referral to a dermatologist.