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Question: Shingles and pregnancy

 Sophia123 - Wed Aug 24, 2005 9:17 am


I am about 5 weeks pregnant and have just been diagnosed with Shingles. Can shingles harm my baby?

Thank you.
 CharleenC - Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:01 pm

That is a really good question, and not something often seen in early pregnancy. The virus that causes Shingles is Herpes Zoster, and it is related to varicella zoster that causes chicken pox. I would suggest getting a referral to a perinatologist though, to be safe. Especially with the stage of pregnancy you are in. Please let me know how it turns out. Charleen

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