Genital herpes in pregnancy

Genital herpes in pregnancy - symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention

One of the most dangerous infections for a pregnant woman and her baby is genital herpes. It must be urgently and immediately reported to the doctor. Of course, in most cases, a woman with genital herpes babies are born strong and healthy, but the probability that the baby will still catch the virus - is. And if it happens, it can be very dangerous.

Genital herpes is a virus that is caused by the herpes simplex virus: exactly what we call a "cold on the lip." Most often it is manifested by rashes in the mouth and around the mouth. Herpes just enough to once get into the body, as he will remain there forever.

But the symptoms of genital herpes in different people are different. As a rule, it begins with very painful eruptions in the genital area and priests, it is accompanied by itching, burning with urination, vaginal discharge. There may be a headache, muscle aches and chills, and inguinal lymph nodes will increase.

If the pregnant woman is ill for the first time, then the symptoms will be two, or even three weeks. If not for the first time, then they may be absent altogether.

If you have contracted genital herpes even before pregnancy, then the kid is unlikely to get sick: the probability is too small, even if herpes worsen during pregnancy. The body has already managed to develop immunity to it since it "settled" this virus. This same immunity, he will give and the baby.

Genital herpes, which first manifested itself during pregnancy in the first or second trimester, can be transmitted to the baby. But again - the probability is quite small. The doctor will recommend that you take a five-day course of treatment for any of the antiviral drugs. Most likely - acyclovir: the drug eliminates the rash and makes the course of the disease "mild."

Herpes - an infection is dangerous, but it rarely leads to fatal cases. True, if this happens, the consequences will be truly tragic: as a slowdown in intrauterine development, premature birth, microcephaly, hydrocephalus and even miscarriage.

A greater risk arises if genital herpes manifests itself in late pregnancy, especially if the virus becomes aggravated and the eruptions "make their way" to the cervix or the genital tract. The body simply did not have time to develop immunity, transfer it to the baby and protect it.

As soon as you have found or at least suspect the presence of genital herpes in the last period of pregnancy, immediately consult a doctor. If the virus does not appear for the first time, then the doctors will probably prescribe daily aciclovir in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy. But if the rashes do not disappear to the birth, it is possible that the doctors will put you on a cesarean. This happens in fact in 90% of cases.

The matter is that the kid can catch, passing on patrimonial ways. Herpes, which he will receive in this way, is called neonatal. The baby may have a rash on the skin around the eyes and mouth, but the worst thing is that herpes can affect the brain and other organs.

To avoid picking up the virus during pregnancy, be especially careful if your partner has genital herpes. It is advisable to use a condom, not to engage in oral and anal sex.

It is also very good to do an analysis of the genital herpes virus before pregnancy - and to conduct a course of treatment. And just in case - a few weeks before the birth.

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