(Closed) Cold sores during pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m also an unfortunate victim of the cold sores. I’ve had about 3 this pregnancy (I’m 23 weeks along) and normally I take valtrex too but my pharmacist was adamant about me not taking it. I also get prescribed Zovirax which is a topical ointment and not absorbed as intensely than a pill will. I use it ver sparingly because I totally get it, you need releif and something to stop it from spreading like wild fire. I try to limit myself to one or 2 applications early on when I feel it and it seems to have stopped them all in their tracks so they’ve luckily all stayed small and healed fairly fast.

As annoying as it is, I’ve really tried to limit the drugs I’ve been using during pregnancy. So far this has been my only one.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

have you either tried L-Lysine? its a supplement you can get rom most health  food stores. reall helps with outbreaks and to stop you from getting them.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not pregnant but I do get cold sores. I got one recently in spite of taking Valtrex daily.  Once it came up and opened I put some Visine on a Q-tip and dabbed it on the open sore. It stings a little bit but helped dry it out faster.  Have you asked your OB about using Abreva very sparingly?  I’d imagine that since it is topical it might be safer to use.  I’d ask the doctor fitoth though.  

My dentist has a special laser that is used to cauterize the sore so it heals faster.  I’d never heard of it before but it might be worth looking into.  

Cold sores are the worst.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Adeline4:  Another cold sore sufferer here! My doctor asked me if I was pregnant or trying to get pregnant when he prescribed me Valtrex (I take the generic). He said Valtrex isn’t safe for pregnant women, so I would definitely ask another doctor before you take it!

My only suggestion would be to use Abreva or a topical prescription at least 4 times a day. I don’t know any supplement or treatment that is safe for baby 🙁

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

OH, and I’ve also had the laser treatment from my dentist. Honestly, I didn’t notice that it healed any faster than normal and it was kind of painful. I won’t be doing it again.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Going against the grain here…my pharmacist and dr said valtrex is okay during pregnancy and I did use it for one cold sore outbreak. Haven’t had another and I am 15 weeks

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Abreva. I get them all the time and it works AMAZING. Seriously! I swear by the stuff. If I can catch it right when it is starting it will be completely gone within a couple days. I use it FAR more than what the package says though… Shhh… I have to, uhm, open them though. It hurts like hell but if I get some of the gross stuff out and then put Abreva on, it hurts like a bitch! Sorry, but it does, but it is gone within a few days so I would say it is worth it!

Also, my Dr. knows I use it, she saw me using it, and has never said anything about it not being safe. 

Also, does anybody else get it in the exact same spot every time? Mine have always been in the exact. same. spot. Which I am fine with because it makes it easier to tell when one is about to start!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Question.. do you ladies tend to get them more now that your pregnant or about the same as if you weren’t?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Mrs Hedgehog: No mine like to change spots each time!

 

@mrs.stormylove:  This pregnancy has been wonderful for them! DH and I think there may be a correlation to drinking alcohol and having an outbreak. Since I haven’t had an ounce of alcohol I have only had one minor sore

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Things I’ve done in the past before using Valtrex:

-putting egg whites on it

-taking lysine vitamins

Coldsores suck.  I feel your pain.  🙁

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Valtrex is commonly prescribed during pregnancy and is FDA pregnancy category B. All available studies show that there is no evidence for risk of fetal harm in the first trimester and limited studies show the same in the 2nd and 3rd. Here’s a fact sheet about it: http://www.otispregnancy.org/files/acyclovir.pdf  🙂 It’s also considered safe to take while breastfeeding.

Women who are pregnant and have genital herpes are typically started on Valtrex (or other antiviral) at some point mid-pregnancy or a bit after to prevent an outbreak and transmission to the child during birth.

Cold sores are also known to flare up in early pregnancy from the hormonal fluctuations. Sometimes the outbreaks stop around your 2nd or 3rd trimester, sometimes you’ll have outbreaks throughout your pregnancy.

I would urge you to stay away from L-lysine and other natural or herbal supplements during your pregnancy unless you have the go ahead from your OB. L-lysine is natural but it doesn’t mean it may not have a risk of causing harm and it’s something that hasn’t been studied in pregnancy. Natural OTC treatments can have a false sense of safety but there are supplements you can get at your pharmacy that can cause pregnancy complications. Some are completely safe, but you just have to be very careful. Admittedly, the books and couple of apps I keep on my phone (Micromedex and Epocrates) don’t have much detail on alternative medicine, but L-lysine (lysine, lysine monohydrochloride, etc.) is one supplement that is noted to avoid use in pregnancy.

If you’d like to try it, ask your OB first. I will add, a topical application of L-lysine (such as a lip balm with it as an ingredient) I don’t think would be objectionable as long as you apply it only as many times a day as the package suggests and even then maybe a bit less. It’s ingesting L-lysine capsules that is worrysome to me without speaking to your doctor.

Hope something in my big blah blah comment was of use or comfort for you, lol. Hope your cold sores clear up and the outbreaks go on hiatus. Last but not least, congratulations! (I don’t really hang around TTC/pregnancy but I ended up seeing your post, clicked and well, yeah.)

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