How is chickenpox treated during pregnancy?

If you get chickenpox, your GP may prescribe aciclovir, an antiviral medicine. Aciclovir doesn’t cure chickenpox, but it can make the symptoms less severe and help to prevent complications.

Your GP will tell you how much medicine to take and when to take it. For example, your GP may advise you to:

  • start taking aciclovir within 24 hours of your rash appearing,
  • continue taking it five times a day, for seven days, and
  • make sure that you drink plenty of fluids while you’re taking aciclovir.

Will my baby need to be treated?

Your GP may consider treating your baby with chickenpox antibodies called varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG), if:

  • your baby is born within seven days of you developing a chickenpox rash,
  • you develop a chickenpox rash within seven days of giving birth, or
  • your baby is exposed to chickenpox or shingles within seven days of birth and they are not immune to the chickenpox virus.

If your newborn baby develops chickenpox, your GP may consider treating them with aciclovir.


NHS Choices

Published Date 2010-07-23

Last Review Date 2009-10-21

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