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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 04:57
Chickenpox is a disease that is often affect us when we are small, we can also suffer as adults and not the worst thing is that we shall be saved from it by virtue of being pregnant. In Embarazo10 speak now of chickenpox and pregnancy and especially, how to treat it.
Currently, children receive a vaccine at 12 to 15 months that prevents them from chickenpox (but not covered in the immunization schedule for children), but the truth is that if you are already an adult and have never had this disease and not vaccinated will also be small, perhaps suffering the finish when you're pregnant and you run some risks.
Having chickenpox during pregnancy
Get chickenpox during pregnancy:
- If you already vaccinated when you were little, something that is not common if you are over 25 or 30 years and that once the vaccine was not as popular as it may be now, it will be difficult getting chickenpox again, and if you've suffered disease can be exposed to the virus and not have it get it again, but if you are not vaccinated at the time and it never caught you have not, you should avoid exposure to chickenpox virus (also known as varicella zoster).
- Ideally, to get pregnant and knowing that you have not had chickenpox, you get an analytic that will determine whether or not you are immune to the virus and if you have that luck does not have to worry about anything, but if you have a risk, however slight is best to avoid closer to any child or adult you know who is sick with chickenpox.
- If you know you can catch and being pregnant, you've been exposed to the virus, you better visit a doctor the safest thing is that you give yourself an injection of varicella zoster immune globulin (VariZIG), if the drug is available.
- This medicine will not affect the baby even has a three-week so if you are again exposed to the virus at that time shall last place you another dose.
Risk of chickenpox in pregnancy:
- A priori need not be a risk to the fetus that the mother has chickenpox, but must be controlled by the physician, and to remember that being in a state always recommend not to take medicines or antibiotics that can actually harm the baby .
- Besides the granite that usually come with chicken pox, and are actually quite annoying and very itchy, is the disease that causes fever and for adults of suffering, we may have fevers up to 40 degrees which no doubt you're going to go very wrong.
- It is also said that 10% of adults who get chickenpox are at risk for pneumonia and lead to some women who have had the disease during pregnancy has also had a premature delivery.
Chickenpox in the different stages of pregnancy:
- If you get sick with chickenpox in the first half of pregnancy have a small risk that the baby will get what is known as congenital varicella syndrome (which can lead to scarring and baby, limb malformations, microcephaly, vision problems or hearing, motor and developmental disabilities or mental suffering and even slow growth in the uterus).
- The most common is that between weeks 18 and 20 you do an ultrasound to see if the baby has any of these symptoms or if there is a real risk.
- If you get sick when you're in the second half of pregnancy and also are more than five days of giving birth, the fetus will be well as five days after getting chickenpox, your body develops antibodies against the virus and transmits it to the baby through the placenta. Thus, the protection it offers its own immune system, immature, can not provide.
- There are cases of babies at birth and if you've had chickenpox between 5 and 20 days before giving birth, may have the disease, although there is a risk that is dangerous. On the other hand, may also suffer from herpes zoster during infancy or early childhood without having had chicken pox after birth, but not be anything too serious.
I leave you video of chickenpox and pregnancy:
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