What if I get a cold sore while pregnant?

What happens if I get cold sores or genital herpes during pregnancy? Having the HSV virus does not affect your chance of becoming pregnant. It is quite common for women to have a cold sore during their pregnancy, even if they haven’t had one for a long time. Cold sores should not affect your unborn baby.

How do you get rid of a cold sore when pregnant?

You can reduce the duration of an outbreak with an over-the-counter cold sore remedy such as docosanol (Abreva) and prescription anti-viral medications, such as acyclovir (Zovirax), both of which are considered pregnancy-safe.

Can cold sores cause birth defects?

In rare cases, if you get an initial herpes infection during your first trimester, the virus could pass through the placenta and cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects. Herpes can also be transmitted to your baby after birth, and the complications can be severe.

Can a cold sore cause a miscarriage?

Herpes and Miscarriage Risk

Despite HSV being a very common infection, doctors don’t believe that the virus causes miscarriages in most cases.

Can a cold sore kill a baby?

In newborn babies or people with weakened immune systems, such as those with cancer, cold sores can on rare occasions be life-threatening. Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane recommended the virus be made a notifiable disease to help achieve an exact indication of its prevalence.

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Can pregnancy hormones cause cold sores?

So it’s not surprising that cold sores sometimes join the PMS party. The first step starts with understanding why you’re prone to cold sores during this time. In a word: hormones. The hormones present in your body during certain times in the menstrual cycle, as well as during pregnancy, can trigger an outbreak.

Can I use cold sore patches when pregnant?

COMPEED® Blister & Cold Sore plasters may be used by pregnant women. As always in this situation, if the women is any way unsure, she should consult her doctor.

Do they test for HSV when pregnant?

STD testing in pregnancy:

HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B will be done early in the pregnancy. HIV, syphilis, GC and Chlamydia will also be offered in the third trimester. Herpes testing is not routinely done but is important to do if you have not had herpes but your partner has.

Can I kiss my baby if I have HSV 1?

A baby is most at risk of getting a herpes infection in the first 4 weeks after birth. You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst.