Can a Patient With Genital Herpes Be Pregnant?

Genital Herpes Be Pregnant

Many women infected with genital herpes are ready to conceive and give birth to babies, but they are hesitant because they are worried about the impact of herpes virus on the fetus. Doctors who treat genital herpes say it is also possible for patients with genital herpes to become pregnant, but there are certain risks.

Can a patient with genital herpes be pregnant

Genital herpes is a disease caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). For patients with genital herpes with normal resistance and limited symptoms, the virus is mainly confined to the site of infection, that is, genital, perianal and other places.

Partial lymphatic reflux can lead to peripheral lymphadenitis, but genital herpes infection is usually limited and does not spread on a large scale.

A small portion of genital herpes can ascend along the peripheral sensory nerve and lurk in the sacral nerve. Viruses generally do not enter the blood and do not cause viremia. Hence, HSV does not spread through blood among various organs of the body.

It can neither reach the placenta nor enter the fetus through the placenta. Therefore, the influence of HSV on the fetus can not be discussed. Genital herpes patients need not worry about it.

However, for those pregnant women with genital herpes with low immunity, viremia is caused by virus entering the blood, and the probability of disseminated infection is greatly increased. As a result, pregnant women with genital herpes may develop systemic symptoms and cause damage to multiple organs of the whole body.

At this time, it is not necessary to say that the fetus will die and miscarriage, that is, the life safety of mothers with genital herpes will be threatened. This is the case.

Doctors further pointed out that pregnancy is a special process, during which a little careless medication for pregnant women with genital herpes may affect the growth and development of the abdominal fetus.

Generally, genital herpes does not have a great impact on pregnant women and fetuses. Therefore, the current clinical treatment of genital herpes during pregnancy is conservative, mainly to take measures to alleviate symptoms.

Most obstetricians tend to treat genital herpes without oral medication, and to perform cesarean section directly, so that the baby does not touch the birth canal and avoid infection of the newborn.

Similarly, many genital herpes specialists recommend cesarean section for pregnant women with a history of genital herpes.

Even if they have no symptoms or seizures before delivery, in order to avoid exposure to viruses latent in cervical and vaginal secretions. After the birth of the newborn, it is necessary to prevent the use of antiviral eye drops.

To sum up, friends with genital herpes should pay more attention, some patients with genital herpes immunity is not high, if the choice of pregnancy at this time, there will be a certain risk.

Treatment of genital herpes:

Genital herpes patients are mainly treated with antiviral therapy. The aim of treating genital herpes is to relieve symptoms, relieve pain, shorten the course of disease and prevent secondary infection. At present, the treatment of genital herpes can not completely eliminate the virus and eliminate recurrence.

1. General treatment of genital herpes

(1) Mainly keep genital herpes clean and dry. Can be washed daily with isotonic saline, pain can be oral analgesics, to give mental comfort.

(2) Patients with genital herpes complicated by bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotic ointment.

(3) If local genital herpes pain is obvious, 5% lidocaine hydrochloride ointment or oral analgesics can be used.

(4) Psychological support for genital herpes patients, to explain the nature of genital herpes, the causes of recurrence and how to treat and deal with it, to enhance confidence in fighting genital herpes.

2. Treatment of Genital Herpes with Antiviral Drugs

Recommended treatment options for genital herpes include acyclovir, orally, five times a day; or acyclovir, orally, three times a day; or valaciclovir, orally, twice a day; or famciclovir, orally, three times a day.

If genital herpes first occurs, the course of treatment is 7 to 10 days; the course of treatment for recurrent genital herpes is 5 days. Those with frequent recurrence of genital herpes need to take a lower dose for a longer period of treatment.

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