Pregnancy

Shingles During Pregnancy

Shingles is a skin disorder which can be dangerous in pregnant women. During pregnancy, a woman is filled with joy and excitement. However, during this phase a woman undergoes several health problems which can affect the baby.

Shingles is caused due to the herpes zoster virus. It is a virus which causes chicken pox. When a person recovers from chickenpox, he/she can get affected with this disease. It takes time for the virus to go away from the body immediately. This article focuses symptoms, causes and treatment for shingles during pregnancy.

Shingles During Pregnancy – Symptoms

  • Painful blisters on the skin especially to the arms, legs and body.
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain on different parts of the body.

Shingles During Pregnancy – Causes

  • The immune system of the person becomes very weak, which can lead to becoming affected by other diseases.
  • The shingle effect during pregnancy depends upon which month of the pregnancy it has occurred.
  • If the shingle has occurred during the initial stages of pregnancy it may cause a health problem to the child.
  • Pregnant woman suffering from shingles are at greater risk of getting influenced by congenital defects.
  • If the shingle is caused to the pregnant woman after the 24 weeks of pregnancy, it is not harmful to the baby. However, the mother should be treated properly so that she does not experience any other health problems.
  • If the disease is left untreated it may lead to pneumonia which is very harmful for the mother as well as for the child.
  • Shingles may affect the eyes and ears leading to permanent loss of eyesight and hearing.

Shingles During Pregnancy – Treatment

  • In order to treat shingles, contact your doctor.  You may be treated with medications such as acyclovir, famiciclovir and valacyclovir.
  • Your doctor may also opt for certain pain killers and ointment in order to apply on the rashes.
  • The rashes will disappear completely at the end of 3 to 4 weeks.

Shingles during pregnancy should not be considered normal and immediate medical treatment should be taken.

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