Pemphigoid Gestationis (PG) is a rare pregnancy-associated autoimmune skin disease that is characterized by an itchy rash that develops into blisters. It is most common during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. In most women with PG, the condition begins as an extremely itchy, hive-like rash during mid to late pregnancy. It often begins with red bumps around the belly button, but spreads to other parts of the body within days to weeks. After about 2 to 4 weeks, large, fluid-filled blisters form on the affected areas. Some people with PG don't develop blisters but instead have large, raised patches (plaques). Symptoms may resolve on their own, but can flare when the woman resumes menstruation or with other pregnancies. PG is usually treated with topical steroids and antihistamines. PG does not have a specific awareness ribbon but awareness products are available in the Unchargeables Shop.
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