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Pregnant, suffering from herpes skin disease on abdomen, back. Treatment options?

hi, my wife is 6.5 weeks pregnant. she is currently suffering from harpies skin disease( left side lower abdomen and back). the local doc has given the medication keeping in mind the pregnancy factor. but she has unbearable imflamatory pain on the affected areas. she is not able to lie on bed neither able to sleep. plz suggest
Asked On : Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM

The management of herpes simplex infection primarily consists of antiviral therapy. Acyclovir is the drug for choice. It is safe during pregnancy and has no adverse effect on the baby when used in first trimester.

Valacyclovir is another drug of this generation which can be used in its place.

For pain, pain killers can help.

Cervical smear should be taken regulary till term.

In case the cervical smear is negative vaginal delivery can be tried. If the test is positive caesarean section should be done.

Consult your gynaecologist for treatment and cervical testing.

Thanks and take care

Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Aruna. K's  Response
herpes in pregnancy usually takes a severe course of progress ..but as u have started taking medicines ,u need not worry.. but pain is more usually in herpes u need to take analgesics regularly..
it will be alright in 2 weeks ..
all the best..
Answered: Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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