5 Months Pregnant Women Exposed To Herpes Zoster And Possibly Infected To The Fetus?

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Dear Doctor,

1 Answer:

Hello Alloy, thanks for your question


Based on the information you gave, it is very likely that your wife has shingles. The hallmark of herpes zoster is a skin lesion in the form of a group of fluid-filled rashes localized on one side of the body in a certain part, for example the stomach on the right, the chest on the left, and so on.


You need to know, shingles is a continuation of past chicken pox infections. The varicella zoster virus which causes chickenpox does not completely disappear from the body even after the skin lesions have disappeared. This virus is dormant in the nerve ganglion and will be activated when the immune system decreases, for example after another viral infection, menstruation, pregnancy, stress, fatigue, hereinafter referred to as herpes zoster.


If herpes zoster occurs during pregnancy, it would be best if your wife had a check-up with an obstetrician and a dermatologist. The two doctors will determine the best therapy for the condition of your wife's pregnancy and the fetus in the womb. Generally, treatment for pregnant women with herpes zoster is no different from nonpregnant women, namely giving antivirals. In addition, the two doctors will jointly evaluate the possibility of transmission of the virus to the fetus in the womb. You need to know, fetal disability or death due to this viral infection during pregnancy is very low, around 1.2-2.0%, especially if the infection occurs at less than 20 weeks of gestation. Meanwhile, varicella zoster infection to newborns that manifests as chickenpox is only 10-20%, especially if the infection in the mother lasts 5 days before delivery to 2 days after delivery.


That is what I can say, various information is circulating in cyberspace, but it is wise to react to it by consulting your wife's health problems directly to the doctor.


Hopefully this is useful


dr. Lili

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