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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can i treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Acyclovir: Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments. You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbreak in labor. If you happen to have an outbreak while in labor, a c-section is recommended.
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Valacyclovir: No treatment is needed unless you have an outbreak. During an outbreak your doctor can prescribe Acyclovir or valacyclovir (valtrex). At 36 weeks most doctors will start you on prophylactic treatment with daily medication to prevent an outbreak or viral shedding during delivery. If you have an outbreak at the time of a delivery a C-section will be needed.
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Antiviral medication: You may use the standard antiviral medications commonly used for herpes treatment while you are pregnant. If you have had frequent outbreaks you may use them prophylactically throughout pregnancy. If you do not have frequent outbreaks they are usually prescribed during the last month of pregnancy to avoid an outbreak at the time of delivery, to allow you to have the option of a vaginal delivery.
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Antiviral medication: Treatment of active outbreaks is similar during pregnancy. The same antiviral medications are typically used to treat a current outbreak. In order to suppress outbreaks near delivery, a daily dose of antiviral medication may be prescribed. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, a C-section will likely be recommended.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Yes: If it is the first outbreak then there is a risk to the fetus, regardless of the type of delivery. A congenital infection can have devastating effects including mental retardation and blindness. Any woman who is suspected of herpes in pregnancy should be treated with antiviral medication and have a c-section. Women who have know history of herpes should be treated medically starting at 36 weeks.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I treat genital herpes?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Meds and time: Genital herpes can be quite painful. Topical or oral pain medication will help, and oral antiviral medication can speed recovery. Suppressive treatment with oral medication will lessen the frequency of recurrent outbreaks and decrease the likelihood of transmission to your partner(s).
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it routine to test for genital herpes during pregnancy before you deliver?

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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Depends: If you have a known history of herpes outbreaks or a possible exposure to herpes while pregnant, yes, it's important to test if you start having symptoms around time for delivery. If you've never been exposed or had the disease, then routine testing is often not necessary.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

What treatment will I need in pregnancy if I have genital herpes?

7 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amy Herold
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Antiviral medicine: If you have frequent herpes outbreaks, you may be started on antiviral medication early in pregnancy to suppress them. If you don't get outbreaks often, make sure to tell your doctor you have a history of herpes. You will be placed on treatment at 36 weeks to prevent an outbreak around the time of labor. Active herpes during labor requires a c-section to avoid giving the baby an infection.
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What can you do about herpes warts during pregnancy?
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A 22-year-old female asked:
I want to know if i can transmit herpes during pregnancy to my unborn child. I got it 2 years ago. And I am now 10 weeks pregnant?
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Unlikely: But your obstetrician should be made aware of this now, and you should plan to be prepared to be delivered by c-section.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Docs, could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?
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Pediatrics 47 years experience
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Hi, Im 34W + 3D pregnant and think I might be having a recurring herpes outbreak! Is Acyclovir safe to use during pregnancy?
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
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A 28-year-old female asked:
If I have monthly herpes outbreak during pregnancy will my baby be affected?
Dr. Richard Feinstein
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No: child may get herpes born through a vagina with active herpes infection
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Last updated Dec 30, 2016

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