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By Gary M. White, MD

Pruritic Folliculitis Of Pregnancy (PFP) is a sterile folliculitis occurring in pregnant women of unknown etiology. Of course, a bacterial folliculitis should be excluded.

Differential Diagnosis

See pregnancy dermatoses.


In one review, all cases resolved before delivery [BJD 1999;141;71]. Narrow band UVB has been used successfully [BJD 1999;141;177]. In another report, a cream combining benzoyl peroxide 10% and hydrocortisone 1% was helpful [JAAD 1983;8;405]. Rogers et al [AD 1994;130;734] reported symptom reduction with betamethasone diproprionate applied topically.


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