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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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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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What is a safe way to get rid of a cramp during pregnancies?

What is a safe way to get rid of a cramp during pregnancies?

Cramps with preg: Try Yoga meditation. Be sure your diet is good with lots of fruits and vegetables, and that you are well hydrated. Do not take any medication unless it is OK'd by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an earache while pregnant?

What is the best way to treat an earache while pregnant?

See your doc: If it is infected, you will need to get it treated no matter what. Your doctor can give you the safest treatment during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Constipation during pregnancy what is the best thing to use?

Constipation during pregnancy what is the best thing to use?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Fiber, fluid, exercise and MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) . Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is not absorbed in your system and thus should not hurt your baby. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a safe and effective home remedy for nausea during pregnancy?

Anyone know what is a safe and effective home remedy for nausea during pregnancy?

Ginger: Probably the simplest way to reduce nausea is with ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organ ginger & steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. Please talk with your obstetrician for signficant problems with nausea & vomiting. ...Read more

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What is the best way to eliminate a teen pregnancy?

What is the best way to eliminate  a teen pregnancy?

Education and access: Education of teenagers about pregnancy and its prevention and ready access to birth control are the best ways to eliminate teen pregnancies in this country. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get a tattoo during pregnancy?

No: It is not safe. Tattoo inks are not fda approved and often can have rather toxic ingredients. Small amounts of these materials can enter the blood stream and potentially affect the unborn child. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a safe treatment for yeast infection during pregnancy?

Anyone know what is a safe treatment for yeast infection during pregnancy?

Notify obstetrician.: Tell your ob. 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up. 7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent cramps in an eight month pregnant woman?

What is the best way to prevent cramps in an eight month pregnant woman?

ASK YOUR OB !!: What kind of cramps, if you mena uterine cramps you need to call your OB immedicately cause that could be contractions or something else going on that needs immediate attention, if it is leg cramps or other the treatment is totally differnet, your OB or someone covering for your OB is on call this weekend! ...Read more

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Is it safe for me having a family history of breast cancer to use hormonal contraceptive, if no what's the best way to be safe and don't case problems?

Is it safe for me having a family history of breast cancer to use hormonal contraceptive, if no what's the best way to be safe and don't case problems?

Good question!: If you have a very strong history of breast cancer and/or have been found to be positive for the "breast cancer gene," you may choose to use non-hormonal contraception - like the Paraguard IUD, for example. There are also very low dose progesterone-only pills that may be reasonable choices also. It's all a matter of risk vs. benefits. Talk to your doctor. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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Help please! is garlic safe to use to treat an infection during pregnancy?

Help please! is garlic safe to use to treat an infection during pregnancy?

Not an antibiotic: Garlic is not an antibiotic. There are many health benefits derived from ingesting garlic, but if there is an infection involved, it's best to consult with your physician. Most antibiotics are safe to use while you are pregnant. ...Read more

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What is the safest and fastest way to have a natural miscarriage?? I fear abortion

What is the safest and fastest way to have a natural miscarriage?? I fear abortion

America is beyond...: Fortunately, America is beyond that (that was before modern medicine and before getting rid of laws against inducing miscarriage). Any woman who needs to induce a miscarriage (easier to say abortion), such as if her early fetus has a genetic defect or other severe birth defect, can get help from her Ob-Gyn doctor. The doctor has good, reliable ways to do this ("natural" is not in the picture). ...Read more

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What is the best way treat a severe yeast infection? when should I be worried?

What is the best way treat a severe yeast infection? when should I be worried?

"Azole" drug: There are many treatments, including over the counter ones, mostly with active ingredient ending in "azole" (clotrimazole, miconazole, fluconazole, etc). However, severe cases need check for problems that predispose to yeast, especially diabetes. See a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and get proper treatment. If you try OTC treatment, for sure see doctor if not better in 3-4 days. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to have Prescript Assist during pregnancy?

Is it safe to have Prescript Assist during pregnancy?

Maybe safe: Prescript-Assist is a brand of probiotics (living microbes beneficial to intestines), with some added prebiotics (nutrients for probiotic microbes). Because some types of probiotics have scientific research showing their helpfulness in humans, many other types of probiotics get put on sale without research, or with unproven claims. Nobody really knows the truth, but probiotics are considered safe. ...Read more

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What is the easiest and safest way to have a 5 days earlier menstruation?

What is the easiest and safest way to have a 5 days earlier menstruation?

You can not control : There is nothing that i know that can help you to have a 5 day earlier period. The period timeing is set by the body's hormonal rhythms which are controlled by an internal clock! ...Read more

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Is there a safe natural way to terminate a pregnancy?

Is there a safe natural way to terminate a pregnancy?

I am not aware of...: One in about six pregnancies abort spontaneously, usually early in pregnancy (first trimester). Elective abortion/termination should be done under supervision, especially later in pregnancy, as bleeding and rate of infections tend to increase etc.. So, i strongly advise that you consult your doc for advice/instructions... Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get acupuncture during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get acupuncture during pregnancy?

Yes: But you want to see someone who is experienced with pregnant women. If it is a treatment that can be delayed until after delivery that might be better. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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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