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Emma1
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"Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
 
   Hi there,

I'm hoping someone can give me some advise..

I am 28 weeks pregnant and got genital herpes about 10 years ago.

Since 20 weeks, every other day I have had a constant burning downstairs, followed by a day of Mild swelling but no blister. This cycle is repeating itself over and over and is driving me mad. What is this burning? I have recently began to take a very small dose of aciclovir but I was reluctant to take medication whilst pregnant. I believe the dose im taking is not enough (2 x 400 mg per day). I have taken this dose foe 2 days and still getting this burning.

Can anyone help? Is this normal? I rarely got outbreaks before pregnancy. The constant dull ache is tiring and I'm worried if my baby will suffer from this.

Thanks in advance xx


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  RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Aug-20-13 1
     RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Aug-20-13 2
         RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Aug-20-13 3
             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Aug-21-13 4
             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Aug-22-13 5
                 RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Aug-23-13 6
                     RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Sep-02-13 7
                         RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Sep-03-13 8
                             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Sep-04-13 9
                             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Sep-08-13 10
                                 RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Sep-09-13 11
                                     RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Sep-16-13 13
                                         RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Sep-21-13 14
                                             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Oct-03-13 15
                                             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Oct-03-13 16
                                             RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Oct-12-13 17
                                 RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks lore Sep-11-13 12
  RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks Emma1 Nov-11-13 18
     RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks graceadmin Nov-15-13 19

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graceadmin
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1. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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your baby is safe!!!

have you had your obgyn check you for yeast and bacterial infections vaginally? I'd start there first. sounds far more like vaginitis or even swelling from pregnancy more than it does your herpes.

you can take herpes antivirals during pregnancy. have you and your obgyn discussed taking them in the pregnancy doses for the last month of pregnancy too?

grace

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Emma1
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2. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Thanks Grace.

Yes the plan is to go on suppressive at 36 weeks. I have been on a low dose of acciclovir for not far off a week and still getting this ache/burning every other day. Should acciclovir have stopped this by now?

The burning is in the area between my vagina and back passage.
It seems nerval pain which is why I suspected the herpes...

Thanks for any advice x


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3. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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I'd doubt this was herpes related. herpes pain would be constant and also would've been almost gone by now. plus you've had no obvious lesions to go with the pain.

sometimes just how the baby is laying will cause issues like this. You've got a cantaloupe laying in your pelvis....lol

grace

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4. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Thanks Grace.

I saw the doctor today. He said it could be a secondary infection to the herpes I.e a bacterial infection. He gave me some cream to use called Fusidic Acid.

Hopefully this will help with the itching/swelling etc.

Do u happen to know whether aciclovir is safe to take suppressively at 28 weeks? Or is it safe for the baby for me to put up with outbreaks up until 36 weeks?

Thanks for your advice


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5. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi Grace,

I finally got my obgyn to have a look at my symptoms.

He agreed with you and didn't think it was herpes related but a yeast infection. Can yeast infections cause swelling and burning and redness in the same two areas?? I don't really have any thick discharge that I have noticed...

He also took an antibody blood test for herpes as it has never been properly diagnosed, do you know how accurate the test is?

Thanks for all your help!


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6. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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swelling and burning are pretty common with yeast. pregnancy hormones and weight/body changes can just add to it all too. you don't always get discharge with vaginitis, regardless of the cause.

at this point, rather late for a type specific herpes igg blood test to be done. the normal hemodilution of later pregnancy can make it falsely negative. too bad it wasn't all done previously regardless of results at this point, assume you do have hsv2 for rest of your pregnancy - better to err on the side of caution and assume the worst.

it's safe to be on suppressive therapy for the entire pregnancy.

grace

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7. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi grace
Me again!! Please can I ask your opinion?

I have been using an anti fungal cream "down there" for 10 days. I stopped taking the aciclovir as it didn't appear to make a difference to the symptoms. After using the cream, my symptoms improved for a few days and all the sudden the burning and swelling came back overnight. It's always in the exact same area and I can sometimes feel a raised area there. I'm so confused and the doctors are really not helpful. They say it's either herpes or a yeast infection. I just can't get rid of it.

Do u have any ideas which one this could be? I'm going insane with the constant burning


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8. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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maybe just try a barrier cream instead at this point - either desitin or aquaphor ointment or similar type cream. keep the area moist and help to reduce friction.

are they testing you for yeast or just saying yeast?

grace

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9. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   They looked under a microscope and said it was yeast/fungal infection.

Could I try e45 cream? Do u think this sounds more like a skin infection?
Xx


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10. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi Grace,

Sorry to ask you something else..

I started on the aciclovir again and after barely a day of taking it the burning and tingling has practically gone. So I'm pretty sure all of this has been herpes related.
My question is since I have had this burning pretty much ever day since after my 20 week scan, will the baby still be ok? Have I subjected my baby to months of possible infection in the utero by not taking my antivirals?

I am just stressing out now, as I am getting closer and closer to the birth. I would really like a c section. I know it may not be necessary but I would feel better in having one...

Thanks grace.


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11. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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your baby is not at risk of herpes until you go into labor at this point. mother nature knows what she is doing

grace

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13. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Thanks lore for your post it's good to hear about positive endings.

Grace - just a few last things please. Is it normal for aciclovir not to work in pregnancy? I have been taking 400mg x 3 a day and still have the same symptoms. Could I have a bad strain of the virus? I had very little problems with herpes prior to pregnancy.

Does a c section completely prevent transmission to the baby? If I go for a c section is it still worth going on suppressive for the last 4 weeks?


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14. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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no such thing as a "bad" strain of herpes!!! You can actually blame mom and dad for giving you the wrong genes when you are someone who has more frequent than typical herpes recurrences ( or often it's because you also have something else going on triggering the herpes too ).

as I said previously, I really don't think this is a herpes issue with you.

if you are planning to have a planned c section, you don't need daily suppressive therapy for the last month of pregnancy.

grace

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15. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi Grace,

I am meeting with my consultant in 2 weeks to discuss my baby's birth. Whilst my symptoms may not be completely related to herpes, when I take aciclovir they do improve so there is some sort of connection.

With a planned c section, does this completely eliminate risk of baby contracting H?

Thanks for your support during my pregnancy.


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16. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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yes, a planned c section is no risk to a baby as far as herpes when it was a herpes infection contracted prior to pregnancy.

grace

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17. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi grace

I tried to send you an email msg on here but not sure I did it right

Did u receive it? If not I will resend.

Thank u x


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12. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi Emma, hope you are feeling better. I have not been on here for quite some time but I now have two babies so I thought it was a good time to share. As another poster said, it's during labor where the virus could be shared. With that being said, for both my pregnancies, like you, I was about 10 yrs in and didn't take any anti-viral meds until really the last 2-3 wks. I may have had one ob in total, but nothing major. If you feel really concerned them definitely go with the c-section but I would be surprised to hear that vaginal labor would be an issue. Only because, you have had the virus for so long. Most times, they are concerned with someone who is pregnant who just acquires the virus, I have a friend who acquired the virus and got pregnant all in one year. Long story, but she separated with her husband and got back with him. She got the gift during the separation- but when she got back with her husband immediately got pregnant. She was a concerned but it all worked out in the end! And am happy to say that she even gave birth vaginally with no problem. I wouldn't worry, try to relax. It will be ok. I don't think you have to have a c-section, but of that makes you feel better do it. I just know that I didn't have any issues at the end, and neither did my friend was a newbie. Try to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and just believe that you may have gotten past the worst part! That may be the only symptoms you get for the rest of the pregnant, rest assured.
Good luck!


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18. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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   Hi grace/all,
Just a quick note to say I delivered my baby boy last week. He is beautiful.

The constant prodromal feelings went almost immediately after birth. So if they were herpes related or not who knows... I think not!

Thank you to Grace for her support and advice.
Xx


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19. "RE: Constant symptoms 28 weeks"
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congrats!!!

make sure everyone washes their hands who comes through the door and no sick people!! we are already getting lots of babies sick in the hospital with the virus that causes the common cold

when you are carrying a cantaloupe on your nerves/muscles, it tends to make for some unusual feelings.

grace

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