What can I take for a cold sore while breastfeeding?

Can a mother pass cold sores to baby?

Babies can catch the cold sore virus through contact with a cold sore on another person. Therefore, people with a cold sore should avoid kissing babies or letting babies touch the sore.

What cold medication can I take while breastfeeding?

Taking dextromethorphan (Delsym, Robitussin), a cough suppressant, while breastfeeding is typically fine. If you have a dry cough, you might find this helpful. If your cough comes with a bit more mucus, guaifenesin ER (Mucinex) is usually the go-to.

Can I use Zovirax while breastfeeding?

Limited human data show that aciclovir does pass into breast milk following systemic administration. However, the dosage received by a nursing infant following maternal use of ZOVIRAX COLD SORE Cream would be insignificant.

Should I breastfeed if I have a cold sore?

If you have cold sores, it is safe to breastfeed your baby as long as the cold sores are not on the breast or nipple. If they are, it may be wise to breastfeed from the unaffected nipple only until the lesions have cleared up.

What if someone with a cold sore kissed my baby?

After birth

You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst. They remain contagious until completely healed.

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Can I drink my own breast milk if I’m sick?

If you have a cold or flu, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, or mastitis, keep breastfeeding as normal. Your baby won’t catch the illness through your breast milk – in fact, it will contain antibodies to reduce her risk of getting the same bug.

Can you take cold and flu tablets when breastfeeding?

In summary: Over-the-counter drugs containing dextromethorphan, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are safe to take while breastfeeding. Doxylamine succinate and diphenhydramine may cause sedation in mother and breastfeeding infant and should be used with caution if the infant has a history of apnea.

Does Zovirax speed up healing?

This medication is used to treat “cold sores/fever blisters” (herpes labialis). It can speed up healing of the sores and decrease symptoms (such as tingling, pain, burning, itching).

How long is a cold sore contagious for?

Cold sores are typically contagious for up to 15 days. You need to wait until all your cold sore symptoms have cleared – including the blister and any scabbing – to reach the point when cold sores are not contagious anymore.

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