Atopic Eczema and Itch in Pregnancy: Therapeutic Considerations

Christina Schnopp, Johannes Ring

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With an estimated prevalence of 3 % in adults, atopic eczema is probably the most common cause for itch in pregnancy. Differential diagnoses of an itchy skin condition in a pregnant patient have to be considered carefully, because specific treatment is important to minimize risks for the mother and the child. Treatment is challenging, because safety data are limited for many drugs currently used to treat inflammatory dermatoses, such as topical steroids, calcineurin inhibitors, antihistamines, and systemic steroids in pregnancy. On the other hand, undertreatment of severely affected patients may lead to complications, such as superinfection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Dermatology Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Atopic eczema
  • Atopic eruption of pregnancy
  • Eczema
  • Pemphigoid gestationis, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
  • Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy
  • Pregnancy
  • Safety


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