Although cold sores commonly occur during pregnancy, they are generally not thought to affect the unborn baby. Nonetheless, cold sores are uncomfortable and infectious so it is advisable to treat. Cold sores are often treated with aciclovir cream which is a specific antiviral medication.
Should I stay away from my baby if I have a cold sore?
A baby is most at risk of getting a herpes infection in the first 4 weeks after birth. You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst.
How can I avoid getting cold sores while pregnant?
How do I protect my baby from herpes?
- cover cold sores when you’re around the baby.
- avoid kissing your baby until the sores are completely healed.
- avoid touching the cold sores then touching your baby.
- wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby.
How do you get rid of a cold sore in 24 hours?
You cannot get rid of cold sores overnight. There is no cure for cold sores. However, to speed up the healing time of a cold sore, you can consult with your doctor and take prescription medications such as antiviral tablets and creams. A cold sore may go away without treatment within a week or two.
What triggers a cold sore?
What causes cold sores? Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Once this virus is in you, it can cause outbreaks of cold sores. Cold sore outbreaks are often triggered by exposure to hot sun, cold wind, a cold or other illness, a weak immune system, changing hormone levels, or even stress.
Can a cold cause miscarriage in early pregnancy?
Although cold and flu viruses can certainly make you uncomfortable (especially if you’re pregnant and certain medications are off-limits), they aren’t likely to cause miscarriage.