The mainstay of treatment is starting antiviral
medications within 72 hours of the start of infection which it sounds like you have done - that's great! if the symptoms are worsening or if you feel like your vision
is being affected, you should either give your doctor a call or go see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) for an evaluation right away. There are different additional treatments that can help besides the valacyclovir
if the actual eye becomes involved.
There is a 15% possibility of transferring chicken pox to your infant son. The ope lesions contain the virus, but once they crust over, you are no longer contagious. Shingles is much less communicable than chicken pox. Good hand washing
is key! other good news is that your breastmilk is also going to be somewhat protective for your son with anti-varicella antibodies, so keep breast feeding! some doctors will also recommend the use of vzig (injectable antibodies against varicella virus) and immunization
for older infants (9 mos or older). You may want to give your son's doctor a call and see what they recommend.
Valacyclovir is a category b drug for pregnancy
(b = safe), and is ok to use while breastfeeding
, too. (see link below) since your lesions are on your face/ near your eye, you should not stop this medication.