What can I use on a cold sore while pregnant?
You can reduce the duration of an outbreak with an over-the-counter cold sore remedy such as docosanol (Abreva) and prescription anti-viral medications, such as acyclovir (Zovirax), both of which are considered pregnancy-safe.
Is Zovirax cream safe during pregnancy?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
It’s usually safe to use the cream or take aciclovir during pregnancy.
Can pregnancy trigger cold sores?
So it’s not surprising that cold sores sometimes join the PMS party. The first step starts with understanding why you’re prone to cold sores during this time. In a word: hormones. The hormones present in your body during certain times in the menstrual cycle, as well as during pregnancy, can trigger an outbreak.
Can cold sores 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 pass cold sore to my baby?
Babies can catch the cold sore virus through contact with a cold sore on another person. Therefore, people with a cold sore should avoid kissing babies or letting babies touch the sore.
Should I put cream on a cold sore?
Antiviral creams can only help to heal a current outbreak of cold sores. They don’t get rid of the herpes simplex virus or prevent future outbreaks of cold sores occurring. Antiviral tablets are generally more effective than creams at treating cold sores, but are usually only prescribed for more severe cases.
Can I use lysine cream while pregnant?
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. These are also safe to use and have the added benefit of covering the cold sore.