Can having a cold sore be harmful to an unborn baby?
Cold sores should not affect your unborn baby. But they are infectious, so it’s a good idea to treat them. Genital herpes should not affect the baby if you have your first outbreak or it comes back in the first 34 weeks. But it can be transferred to your baby during the birth, especially if it’s your first outbreak.
What cold medicine is safe while pregnant?
Common Cold Medicine and Pregnancy: The Safe List
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Zinc lozenges.
- Chloraseptic spray (but a salt water gargle is just as effective, with no risks)
Is abreva pregnancy safe?
Abreva is not recommended to treat cold sores during pregnancy or while breast-feeding unless advised by a doctor. Also, Abreva has not been studied in children. Do not use in children under 12 years unless advised by your doctor.
Can you take lysine when pregnant?
Lysine tablets are often used to prevent or treat cold sores. There is little scientific data to support the use of lysine for this purpose. Nonetheless, it is thought to be safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Other treatment includes patches that act locally but do not have an active ingredient.
Can a cold sore cause miscarriage?
In rare cases, if you get an initial herpes infection during your first trimester, the virus could pass through the placenta and cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects. Herpes can also be transmitted to your baby after birth, and the complications can be severe.
Can I take Tylenol Cold and flu while pregnant?
Avoid combination products.
For example, while Tylenol pain reliever (acetaminophen) is relatively safe for occasional use during pregnancy, Tylenol Sinus Congestion and Pain and Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid contain the decongestant phenylephrine, which is not.
Can I take Sudafed while pregnant?
Decongestant medications reduce stuffiness and sinus pressure by constricting the blood vessels in your nose, which reduces swelling. Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are available over the counter as Sudafed and are safe for many women to use during pregnancy.
Can you take Valtrex for cold sores while pregnant?
Long-term suppressive therapy can significantly reduce these outbreaks and is likely safe during pregnancy. Acyclovir (Zovirax) and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are the drugs most commonly used for herpes outbreak suppression and treatment during pregnancy. These drugs help reduce how active the virus is.
What helps canker sores while pregnant?
Managing your stress levels and taking care of your oral health can go a long way to support a healthy pregnancy. Canker sores typically disappear on their own within a week or two. Warm salt water rinses can help ease pain and avoid spicy or acidic food that can irritate this tender area.