How To Deal With Chickenpox At 6 Weeks Of Gestation?
Hello .. I want to ask if I have had chickenpox since last Sunday, August 26, but I was still pregnant … then Monday I checked the family doctor and didn’t give me any medicine because I was pregnant, then Tuesday I checked with the obstetrician. It turns out that I am 6 weeks pregnant and the doctor is still young and not communicative, I am given 500 mg of methisoprinol and acyclovir 400 mg daily, 3 times a day, without being given any vitamins. r nMy questions r n1. Is my chickenpox bad for the fetus in the future? In anticipation of what supplements should I take? R n2. Is the drug safe for the fetus? R n3. I often have fever but I ignore whether to take what medicine? R n4. Do I have to need a blood test or get a specific injection so that I can recover quickly, considering that the pox is not yet dry? R n r nThank you for the help
Hello, good afternoon Ana.
Chickenpox (Varicella) can be experienced by anyone, including pregnant women. Most pregnant women who get chickenpox can recover without any effect, but there are also some pregnant women who experience complications (although rare), such as pneumonia (pneumonia), inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), and hepatitis.
1. If the chickenpox infection occurs in the middle of early pregnancy, it can affect the fetus in the womb, which is at risk for congenital varicella syndrome. This syndrome can cause congenital abnormalities such as scars, muscle & bone loss, paralysis, small head size, blindness, seizures, and mental retardation. However, it should be noted that this syndrome will not occur 100%, you are only at risk and the possibility of this risk is less than 2%. So, hopefully you don't worry too much about this, because the anxiety you experience can also affect the fetus. So far there are no supplements that can prevent this syndrome. We recommend that you check regularly with a gynecologist (especially a fetomaternal consultant) for an ultrasound to see the development and growth of your fetus.
2. Both drugs are safe to use during pregnancy
3. If the fever is frequent and recurring, you should see a doctor to find out the cause. One of the causes of fever is an infection. It should be noted that giving fever-reducing drugs will only reduce fever symptoms, not necessarily treat the cause of the fever, so it is very likely that the fever symptoms will come back.
4. Generally, the symptoms of chickenpox will gradually subside in 7-14 days. If the complaint you experience hasn't reached 14 days, then you don't need to worry. Enough with the drugs given by the doctor, this disease will gradually improve. No further lab examination is necessary (unless there are signs of complications mentioned above). If after 14 days your symptoms still don't get better, we suggest that you go back to see your doctor. In such conditions immunoglobulin therapy (Varicella-zoster immunoglobulin / VZIG) may be considered, administration of this drug is through an IV.
That's all, I hope this helps and I hope you will always be healthy for you and your future baby.