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are shingles dangerous for pregnant women

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Acyclovir: Acyclovir has been studied the most in pregnancy, but valcyclovir and famcyclovir have been used.

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: If you have been immunized or if you have had the measles in the past you needn't worry. If this isn't the case, you should avoid exposure and you sh ... Read More
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Dr. Neeoo Chin
39 years experience Fertility Medicine
Yes: Mothers that smoke usually have smaller babies due to the compromise in the blood circulation thru a placenta that is damaged by the nicotine. Also mo ... Read More
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
17 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes and for fetus: Smoking cigarettes has harmful side effects. However, doing so while pregnant has harmful side effects not only for the mother but also for the devel ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sam Pennella
Specializes in General Practice
Lysol: No. They are safe, but you should still wear gloves to protect your skin while using them. Your fetus will be fine. These wipes are not known to cause ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
No risk: If you get shingles when you’re pregnant, it’s usually mild and there’s no risk to you or your baby.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Greg Hinson
26 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not...: Unlike chicken pox, herpes zoster doesn't seem to be related to problems with the baby.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Different types: There are different types of radiation therapy. Some patients have beams that are aimed at them. Other patients have small radioactive "seeds" impla ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Greg Hinson
26 years experience Family Medicine
Likely not...: Unlike chicken pox, herpes zoster is not associated with any increased fetal risk.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: But be careful as there are some recent reports of chemical burns.

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