> The varicella zoster in pregnancy

Symptoms and treatment 

Cos’è chickenpox

known As the varicella is an infectious disease due to the virus Varicella Zoster, which is part of the family of Herpes Viruses.

a disease
infectious typical of childhood that, once contracted, makes the permanently immune. Affects only humans, and the infection occurs through the exchange of saliva, with a sneeze, a cough, or with the serum of the vesicles.

once that has occurred the infection the virus begins an incubation period which canò last up to 3 weeks in the course of which you can’t notice any symptoms.

The time più at risk for infection is the one that coincides with the beginning of rashes.

Il sintomo

If you have a little bit of fever and after some time appear small bubble-pink (papules) on the legs or on the face or on the chest (they can also appear in other parts of the body), you have the chicken pox!!

rashes, which can continue to 2 or 3 days, causing itching; subsequently, the papules evolve into vesicles and then dry up, forming crusts are destined to fall.

The disease generally heals within the tenth day from the onset of symptoms that normally limit themselves to what has just been described. In some cases, può rise to a strong cough, but in general, complications are rare and mainly affect persons immunosuppressed such as AIDS patients (pay attention to the infant).

Come si cura

do Not care, but you can alleviate the symptoms; the itching può be treated with antihistamines, and fever with antipyretics (Paracetamol etc) In the circumstances, definitely at risk you can also; help the immune system to defend with the antiviral , or with the administration of immunoglobulin.

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pregnant women and the chicken pox

If you have been in contact with someone who has chickenpox and you have not had you can ask to be subjected to prophylaxis with specific immunoglobulin against the chicken pox.

chickenpox is an infectious disease considered to be at low risk if contracted during the first quarter, but with some risk in the following months.

is necessary a careful consultation with a center specializing in infectious diseases in pregnancy.

If you take the chicken pox in the vicinity of childbirth and occurs birth during the rash, the newborn child there will beà to fight the virus without the maternal antibodies, and is not yet able to use their own, the department of neonatology will takeà the care of the child.

For further clarification or requests for help you can call the Association the Life of the Woman number 333 9856046



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