WATCH | 'Allergic to my own skin due to pregnancy': Mom has rare disorder years after giving birth

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US-based mom Ashton Brown has taken to TikTok to talk about the rare pregnancy-related autoimmune skin disorder she suffers from called pemphigoid gestationis.

The disorder leaves itchy blisters on the body, and essentially, Brown says she's allergic to her own skin thanks to pregnancy. 

"In the beginning of my third trimester, I would be going to sleep and would itch really badly," Ashton explained. 

"I would constantly be itching on my palms and feet and couldn't fall asleep because of it. I felt like my skin was crawling". 

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When she began getting red bumps on her body, Ashton went to the emergency room, where she was told she had scabies. When blisters began forming, medical staff told her they didn't know what she had. 

She visited her family doctor and another emergency room before finally finding a dermatologist who could identify the disease. The disorder is said to occur in one in every 40 000 to 50 000 pregnancies. 

It's been more than ten years now since the diagnosis and Brown says still suffers outbreaks. 

Watch her tell her story in the video above. 


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