Can you take a daily suppressive medication for cold sores (1g/day)? If so, and you stop taking it, will it cause more outbreaks due to the medication suppressing the cold sores instead of your immune system?
I saw your other post on the peds forum and will address that here for you too :)
Would it be dangerous for a newborn to contract hsv1? Yes it can be but thankfully over all, it's not a big issue. by the time we start grade school, about 1 out of every 3 of us has contracted oral hsv1 - it's very common and thankfully most folks have no problems with it. In infants especially, it can actually migrate from an oral infection into the brain and other organs which can be very dangerous so it's best to take measures to avoid that. So how do you get visitors who are all in love with the new baby to take the right precautions? Just tell folks that you request that if anyone is ill, keep away from the baby! It's cold and flu season and the hospitals are packed with infants with viral respiratory infections so avoiding sick people whenever possible is a good idea! Let your visitors know that they can not kiss baby on the lips or eyes. they can hug the stuffing out of the baby and kiss him/her on the top of the head and cheeks if they feel the need to kiss the baby. also never allow anyone to put the bottle or pacifier in their mouth either. http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti-works/Herpes/oral-herpes.html has terrific info on oral herpes for more reading.
can you take suppressive therapy for oral herpes? Yes you can. If you are experiencing frequent cold sores and want to try to prevent them, it's well worth the try to see if it works for you. when you stop suppressive therapy, ob patterns tend to go right back to what they were prior to starting it. The herpes virus is still just as active when on suppressive therapy as it is off of it. The way the suppressive therapy works is when you take it, if there is any active herpes virus, it disrupts the viral replication cycle to help try to stop it. it doesn't stop all shedding of herpes virus and it doesn't stop all recurrences but it does significantly make a difference in both.
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