Is it dangerous to have snake pox while pregnant? Recognize the Symptoms!
Windowofworld.com – Shingles usually appears as a watery lump that collects on the left or right side of the body. This lump is painful and blistered.
Shingles or shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a similar virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox gets better, the virus does not go away but is inactive and hides near the spinal cord and brain. In some cases, years later, the virus can reactivate itself as shingles or shingles.
This virus can come back at any time, including when you are pregnant. Is it dangerous for pregnant women? How are the symptoms and how to deal with them? The following is a special Popmama.com review for Mama.
Symptoms of Snake Pox
After experiencing chickenpox, the virus remains in the body and hides in certain nerve cells.
Although the immune system is usually able to keep the virus under control, there are a number of things that affect the immune system’s ability to resist the virus. Some of these things include illness, immune-suppressing drugs, severe stress, or changes related to aging.
Here are the common symptoms of snake pox that you should be aware of:
- Burning and tingling or itching sensation, generally on one side of the body or face.
- Fever, chills, nausea, diarrhea, and difficulty urinating.
- A rash appears, which begins as a red, lumpy bump. Within a few days the bumps turn into blisters filled with fluid.
- Nerve pain at the site of the rash (postherpetic neuralgia). In most people, the pain goes away within four months of the first sign of the rash.
Shingles is usually easy to diagnose. Doctors will usually diagnose shingles if you have a rash on one side of your body, along with sharp and burning pain and a history of chickenpox.
Handling of Snake Pox during Pregnancy
If you suffer from shingles, see your doctor immediately because you have to start treatment. When taken according to doctor’s instructions, snake pox medication is safe for pregnancy.
In addition to medicines prescribed by your doctor, you can do several things to relieve pain and itching, such as:
- Cold compress and cold shower for pain relief.
- Wear loose clothing to reduce pain.
- Use a clean gauze that can cover the area of the rash to promote healing of the blister and prevent infection.
- If necessary, you can use lotion to reduce itching. Talk to your doctor about the proper use of lotion.
Can Snake Pox Affect the Fetus?
The varicella-zoster virus is highly contagious. If you have never had chickenpox and are pregnant, it is very important to avoid people who are infected with the virus.
Chickenpox during pregnancy has the potential to cause chickenpox infection or birth defects in the unborn fetus, depending on the time when you were infected. Shingles also has the potential to cause problems for the fetus, but most experts agree that the risk is smaller than that of chickenpox. In one large study, there was no evidence of fetal problems as a result of the mother getting shingles while pregnant.
Complications from Shingles
Shingles can be very painful. Most of the people who visit the doctor for shingles say that it is the pain that ultimately leads them to seek treatment.
Some people report that any sensation sweeping against the inflamed nerve endings of the skin is almost unbearable.
Even after the shingles healed, the pain was still there. In some cases, it can even last for years.
Shingles can also cause other long-term complications. If it appears on the face, it can damage the eyes. Shingles in the eye can cause scarring, which can damage vision. It can also lead to glaucoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness later in life.
Shingles can also cause hearing or balance problems, as well as weakness of the muscles on the affected side of the face. In rare cases, shingles can spread to the brain or spinal cord and cause serious complications such as stroke or meningitis.
Those are the symptoms of snake pox and its impact when experienced by pregnant women. If you are pregnant and are worried about shingles, consult your doctor for preventive advice. Also, practice healthy habits and let your doctor know if you have the slightest symptoms.
Knowing the symptoms early and early treatment will minimize the risk of complications for you and the fetus. Hope this information is helpful, Ma.