Having the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) or shingles as it is most commonly called is dangerous enough for the average person. The combination of Shingles and pregnancy can be very painful. First of all let’s look at the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), it is very similar to chickenpox since they come from the same virus compound.
A lot of the symptoms that you may have with chickenpox you also have with the shingles virus. You will get the small blisters just like chickenpox but you will also have chills, night sweats and even trouble urinating. Just like chickenpox the shingles virus is very contagious, this also includes to your unborn child if you should have the shingles virus.
This virus attacks the immune system when it is weak and you never actually cure it, but it will become dormant until your immune system becomes weakened again. In cases of pregnancy or using certain types of medications like immunosuppressant medications. Let’s look at some of the things that you can do to help protect yourself against the shingles virus.
One the best ways is to make sure you are not contaminated by someone else that has it, you can also get the immunization shot or VZIG especially when you become of age for childbearing. If you are a sugar diabetic with type II diabetes you know that your immune system is already weak.
The Shingles symptoms can be painful because it also attacks the nervous system, if you should get this virus you should immediately go to your family physician. He can prescribe certain medications even if you are already pregnant that these must be obtained by prescription. Some of these medications are Famvir, Valtrex, and Zovirax , you can get these from your local pharmacy.
You can also take over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, you can administer calamine lotion on the blisters to help stop the itching because you do not want to scratch the blisters. There are some medications that also can be helpful sites is antihistamines like Benadryl to cut down on the allergy type symptoms. Whatever you do be sure and go to your physician and get his advice before you do anything and find out what you can about Shingles and pregnancy.