Post # 1
I have been suffering from cold sores on my face now for several years. I have my first outbreak this week and I’m 8.5 weeks pregnant. My doctor said it was okay to take Valtrex but I am so uncomfortable with taking meds especially in my first trimester. Does anyone have any suggestions or remedies to help with cold sores during pregnancy? I can’t take the discomfort!
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
@MrsSawyer: thanks for the advice. I have is topical called Xerese that I was afraid to use so I called the pharmacist and she said it was safe… I wish I knew 2 days ago before this thing started!
@mrsrangrang: I have used L-Lysine before but I’ve heard it wasn’t safe for pregnancy so I haven’t taken it.
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: I never heard of the laser thing before!! I’m going to ask about that ASAP!
Post # 7
@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
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
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
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
Question.. do you ladies tend to get them more now that your pregnant or about the same as if you weren’t?
Post # 12
@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
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 # 15
@mrs.stormylove: I was wondering the same thing. I’ve heard they like to come out more during pregnancy but I hope that’s not true!!!
@Mrs Hedgehog: Mine tend to move around but only within an half inch or so. I know the spot so I am prepared if it starts to tingle
@MrsTillerResq: I think it is so crazy how many doctors and pharmacists say different things about using Valtrex. Everyone told me it was safe yet I am hearing so many people being told it’s not!
Post # 16
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.)