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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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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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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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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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Is acyclovir safe to take in first month of pregnancy? I had herpes zoster mild took acyclovir 5 times a day for 5 days 800mg.Im now pregnant?

Is acyclovir safe to take in first month of pregnancy? I had herpes zoster mild took acyclovir 5 times a day for 5 days 800mg.Im now pregnant?

Probably fine: Acyclovir is technically pregnancy category c, meaning formal studies on the affect on human pregnancies have not been done. There is some data in the literature that shows no risk. But it is still not widely recommended. That being said, if the risk outweighs the benefits then one should be treated. Please discuss this with your OB doc. ...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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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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Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

It can: Pregnancy can depress your immune system and allow zoster to resurface. Look out for eye pain, redness, changes in vision, or rash / vesicles. That said, if you are otherwise healthy and without HIV/AIDS, cancer, or use of steroids, pregnancy alone should not elevate your risk of shingles much more than a normal host. ...Read more

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I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine .Can it affect the fetus ?

I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine .Can it affect the fetus ?

Zoster: It should not affect the fetus. It is a reactivation of the virus that you have had since chicken pox (or the vaccine) in your youth. With shingles (zoster), the virus does not travel through the blood stream - it travels locally down a nerve and to the skin. If anything it will boost your immunity to shingles/chicken pox during pregnancy. ...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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I believe I have jock itch. What is safe to use during pregnancy to treat it?

I believe I have jock itch. What is safe to use during pregnancy to treat it?

Anti fungal cream: There are several anti fungal creams available over the counter without a prescription. These are safe for use. ...Read more

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Im 7 weeks pregnant & i've been prescribed amox tr-k clv to treat my UTI & i've read that it's not safe to take during pregnancy.

Im 7 weeks pregnant & i've been prescribed amox tr-k clv to treat my UTI & i've read that it's not safe to take during pregnancy.

Generally safe: Amoxicillin is generally considered to be safe to use during pregnancy, even in the first trimester of pregnancy. This issue was specifically studied in a british study from 2004 who found that exposure to amoxycillin/clavulanic acid during pregnancy is unlikely to be associated with an increased risk of malformations. ...Read more

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To treat acanthamoeba keratitis, is it safe to apply both phbm and bolene during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

To treat acanthamoeba keratitis, is it safe to apply both phbm and bolene during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

I hope so...: Wow...Acanthamoeba keratitis is an extremely serious, eye-threatening disease that, if left untreated, will destroy your cornea and likely leave you blind. If you or anyone you know has this, i would work closely with an eye md (ophthalmologist) and obstetrician asap to work out a way that it can be treated, so that the benefits for the eye outweigh the risks to the baby. ...Read more

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During pregnancy - Is it safe to treat a a nail fungus with a cotton ball soaked with 3% hydrogen peroxide?

During  pregnancy - Is it safe to treat a a nail fungus with a cotton ball soaked with 3% hydrogen peroxide?

Absolutely: There is no danger to using topical hydrogen peroxide on your nails during pregnancy. Whether it will be effective in treating the nail fungus is another question. Unless severe, it is probably better to defer treatment of your toenail fungus until after your pregnancy, and then try more effective treatment. ...Read more

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Being treated by chiropractor for TMJ by pushing on pressure points in/outside my mouth+activator, is this safe during pregnancy (6-8 weeks pregnant)?

Being treated by chiropractor for TMJ by pushing on pressure points in/outside my mouth+activator, is this safe during pregnancy (6-8 weeks pregnant)?

Not really: There is no danger to your baby with this treatment, but have seen far better success with TMJ treatment from a specialized dentist who deals with TMJ issues. Get an appointment and consider a dental splint. ...Read more

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Are ginger pills safe during pregnancy?

Are ginger pills safe during pregnancy?

What's in the pills?: Ginger is ok. But what is in the pills besides ginger? Not all companies take care to test or include ingredients considered safe for pregnancy. Even prescription pills can be counterfeit and include lead paint, floor wax, other toxins. Before taking new OTC pills, do searches for information about the company that makes them, show the bottle to your pharmacist or doctor, even check otis, reprotox. ...Read more

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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


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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