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Are shingles harmful to pregnant women?

Are shingles harmful to pregnant women?

No risk: If you get shingles when you’re pregnant, it’s usually mild and there’s no risk to you or your baby. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is shingles dangerous for 9 week pregnancy?

Is shingles dangerous for 9 week pregnancy?

Probably not...: Unlike chicken pox, herpes zoster doesn't seem to be related to problems with the baby. ...Read more

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Could I get shingles from my husband? He has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant

Could I get shingles from my husband? He has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant

Not likely: Be certain to discuss with your obstetrician. Your highest risk is if your husband is experiencing a current outbreak of shingles ( varicella zoster) and you have no prior history of chicken pox. If he is not actively experiencing any clinical symptoms of dermatomal pain , vesicles and / or rash, your risk is low. ...Read more

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B4 I get pregnant I want to get as much as possible. How do I purposely get the shingles?

B4 I get pregnant I want to get as much as possible. How do I purposely get the shingles?

You cannot: Before you are pregnant you should be tested to see if you have immunity to rubella (german measles), varicella (chicken pox, and also causes shingles) and be immunized for these diseases to reduce the risk of contracting them while pregnant, if non-immune. You should also be immunized against pertussis (whooping cough) as well. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Is it ok to be around a pregnant person? My neice is having a baby shower tomorrow.

Yes: Remember that shingles is the chicken pox virus. She's either been vaccinated in childhood and is immune or had chicken pox and is already exposed. Not to worry. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant could I get shingles from him?

What do you suggest if my husband has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant could I get shingles from him?

More Info: It is remotely possible to contract Chicken Pox from the oozing fluid from the shingles outbreaks on the skin, particularly if you are not immune or have lost of your immunity.The problem in that case is that a Chicken Pox (Varicella) infection during pregnancy can be transmitted to the fetus possibly resulting in a fetal injury. If exposed treatment is Varicella Igg Immune Globulin within 3 days ...Read more

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Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Doubt any effect: Shingles is essentially the emergence of a hibernating virus from nerve clusters along the inside of your spine. It travels out the nerve, like a canoe paddling down river to the skin, where pt causes pain & blisters that contain the reactivated virus. To affect baby it would need to enter the blood & pass thru the placenta. This is not a feature of shingles. ...Read more

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What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

Valtrex (valacyclovir) for 7 days: Shingles is when dormant chickenpox virus reactivates and causes painful blisters on limited areas of your skin. It will often appear with pregnancy and other immunocompromised states. Shingles is not dangerous to your unborn baby. The best treatment is oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) for seven days. Valtrex is a prescription drug and is felt to be safe to take in pregnancy. ...Read more

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85 year old relative has had shingles for a month, should pregnant person, only 10 weeks, stay away?

85 year old relative has had shingles for a month, should pregnant person, only 10 weeks, stay away?

Shingles: Only contagious to someone who has no chicken pox immunity and who gets the virus directly in there nose or mouth or open sore . Not airborne so just don't touch the shingles sores. ...Read more

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Drs confirm im on my 2nd wk of shingles and gave me 1 wk of antivirals. How soon after i can try to get pregnant?

Drs confirm im on my 2nd wk of shingles and gave me 1 wk of antivirals. How soon after i can try to get pregnant?

Better wait: until the active disease disappears, in theory you should be fine after that when you try for pregnancy, please follow up closely with your obstetrician, good luck ...Read more

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Is there a connection between having shingles while pregnant & it causing autism in the baby?

No: There are no approved or documented studies, publications that prove any relationship between shingles during gestation and autism. The prevalence of autism is about 1-2/1000 people worldwide and the (cdc) report 20 per 1, 000 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism as of 2012 (up from 11 per 1000 in 2008). ...Read more

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I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

Not necessary: Shingles are a skin eruption caused by the chicken pox virus that you likely contracted in childhood. The virus is present in the nerve root supplying the skin area where the eruption occurs. With normal immunity you will also have circulating antibody to the virus that will be protective for the neonate. If you have a suppressed immune system, you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I had never had hives before. They have lasted four days, and there is a possibility I have become pregnant. Shingles?

I had never had hives before. They have lasted four days, and there is a possibility I have become pregnant. Shingles?

Hives: They have multiple causes, most of them are mysterious. It may be you had a slight viral infection, sometimes hormonal changes can also trigger them, but usually they are benign. Shingles leave a long last painful rash, it is different. ...Read more

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I had never had hives before. They have lasted four days, and there is a possibility I have become pregnant. Shingles?

I had never had hives before. They have lasted four days, and there is a possibility I have become pregnant. Shingles?

Hives: They have multiple causes, most of them are mysterious. It may be you had a slight viral infection, sometimes hormonal changes can also trigger them, but usually they are benign. Shingles leave a long last painful rash, it is different. ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks pregnant and am possibly getting shingles again (which I got 2 years ago). Can the baby be affected negatively??

I'm 5 weeks pregnant and am possibly getting shingles again (which I got 2 years ago).  Can the baby be affected negatively??

See your OB: It is unlikely that you are getting shingle again, however, it is not feasible to know what you have without examining you. Please consult your obstetrician ASAP. ...Read more

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I have shingles & have had it before im 21 years old last time i had it when pregnant is there a reason I am getting this &can i pass it to my toddler?

Herpes zoster: Shingles, caused by the varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox. The virus is with you the rest of your life. The vaccine is given under the skin and recommended for children under 13 and for everyone 13 or older who has never had chickenpox. 2 doses are recommended. The first dose is administered at 12 to 15 months and a second dose at 4-6 yrs, if your child has had these it should be fine. ...Read more

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I am 8 months pregnant and having shingles for more than a week. And today mid-wife poped out all my shingles in my back and didnt sanitized it and just walked away. is this normal treat for the shingles?

I am not familiar: with treating shingles in this manner. This sounds like an odd approach. I will look forward to hearing from other Health Tap providers. ...Read more

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Could i easily get shingles or chicken pox while pregnant?

Could i easily get shingles or chicken pox while pregnant?

Depends on variables: If you never had cpx as a kid, you could become infected during pregnancy. Timing would determine the effect on baby (from none to significant), and it can be very harsh on any adult. If you had cpx as a kid, you could develop shingles, with no impact on the baby. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and work in a nursing home with folks that have shingles. Will it harm my unborn baby?

I am pregnant and work in a nursing home with folks that have shingles.  Will it harm my unborn baby?

Most likely not: Shingles is caused by a reactivation of dormant chicken pox virus. As long as you had chicken pox (or the vaccine), your baby will be fine because you have antibodies to the virus already and will fight it off. If you did not have chicken pox, then you are at risk, and so is your baby. If you are not sure, you should get a blood test to see if you do have antibodies or not. ...Read more

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I have shingles blisters which came yesterday , do I need to stay off work . There is a lady in my office 5 months pregnant.

I have shingles blisters which came yesterday , do I need to stay off work . There is a lady in my office 5 months pregnant.

Shingles & contagion: Nope. The only real people to avoid with an early outbreak of shingles are those who are currently hospitalized in active chemotherapy. Shingles, the re-activation of the chicken pox virus is not contagious for those with good immune function. ...Read more

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I had shingles 2 mths ago. feels like its back but no itching, no rash. Daughter is pregnant. Can I safley be around her? PLEASE reply! :-) Thanks

Depends: It depends upon whether your daughter has had chicken pox and is immune, for which she can be tested if her status is in doubt. If she is immune, there is generally no significant concern, but use common sense in limiting exposure by any direct contact to affected body part. ...Read more

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Went into er turns out i have shingles , i am 27 weeks pregnant and i have had chickenpox twise as a child . will this harm my baby?

Went into er turns out i have shingles , i am 27 weeks pregnant and i have had chickenpox twise as a child . will this harm my baby?

Not an issue: Shingles differs from primary chickenpox.It is localized and does not include a phase where the germ circulates in your blood. To infect baby or cause harm,any germ must first get to baby.This cannot happen without a blood phase. ...Read more

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I had shingles on my 1st pregnancy and i got miscarriage, we are trying to conceive again, is it possible that i might get shingles again?

Rare: Around 1%. Talk to your doctor about the zoster vaccine which would help prevent another outbreak even more. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 19 weeks pregnant. A co-worker has shingles. I've had chicken pox as a kid, but should I be worried to be around her?

I am 19 weeks pregnant.  A co-worker has shingles.  I've had chicken pox as a kid, but should I be worried to be around her?

No: If u had the chickenpox as a child you should be immune. You can ask your OB or primary to check your titer levels to be certain. ...Read more

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Can stress cause a lengthy period? I'm 17 and had shingles back in August. I have protected sex with condoms every time. I'm having a three week period this month and a negative HPT. Am I in the clear for pregnancy?

Can stress cause a lengthy period? I'm 17 and had shingles back in August. I have protected sex with condoms every time. I'm having a three week period this month and a negative HPT. Am I in the clear for pregnancy?

No: You could certainly be pregnant condoms are not hundred percent effective recheck your pregnancy test every few days until you have a normal.Menses .many things can affect your menstrual period hormones thyroid disorders stress infections. Seen OB/GYN physician for specific diagnosis and treatment for your condition ...Read more

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12 wks pregnant, coworker has shingles. Been around her a lot lately. I had chicken pox when I was younger. do I need to get a vaccine or something?

12 wks pregnant, coworker has shingles. Been around her a lot lately. I had chicken pox when I was younger. do I need to get a vaccine or something?

Varicella immunity: If you had chicken pox when you were younger, as long as not under a year of age, you should have complete immunity and be safe. This includes the baby. Thanks for consulting with Healthtap. :) ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more