How Do You Treat West Nile Virus Naturally During Pregnancy?
West Nile Virus is a virus that is most commonly spread by mosquitos. Pregnant women may be concerned that if they get West Nile Virus, it will get passed to their child, but the chances of this happening are low.
There are only a few reported cases of mother-to-child transmission of West Nile Virus in the womb.
However, women who are diagnosed with West Nile Virus and who are currently breastfeeding should consult their doctors to determine the risks to the newborn baby.
The good news is most people who are infected with West Nile Virus (around 70-80%) do not experience any symptoms associated with the virus.
Treating West Nile Virus Naturally During Pregnancy
Unfortunately, there is little you can do to treat West Nile Virus naturally once you are infected. The best way to take care of the West Nile Virus is to avoid contracting it.
How to Prevent the West Nile Virus During Pregnancy
How can you prevent West Nile Virus? Are there things you can do naturally to keep away the mosquitos?
Below are some options to help you prevent contact with mosquitos, therefore reducing your risk of contracting West Nile Virus:
- Option 1: Wear long-sleeved clothing. While this is not ideal during the summer months, clothing can provide a barrier to block the mosquitos from accessing your skin to transmit West Nile Virus.
- Option 2: Use insect repellant. Possible options for natural products are Bite Blocker and Buzz Away, which can be found online at Amazon. These products are DEET-free.
- Option 3: Stay indoors when mosquitos are out. Mosquitos like stagnant or free-standing water, and generally come out when as the sun is going down. The best advice would be to avoid areas with free-standing water or going out after dusk if you are in an area with high mosquito populations.
If You Contract West Nile Virus
Symptoms and complications for those who contract West Nile Virus can be severe and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
For those who only experience mild reactions, acetaminophen can be taken to help relieve that pain associated with West Nile Virus.
For people that do not have severe cases of West Nile Virus, the virus may go away on its own after a period of time, but pregnant women should take care and consult their doctor if they believe they may be experiencing symptoms of West Nile Virus.
For pregnant women who think they have developed serious signs of West Nile Virus, such as fever, vomiting, neck stiffness, or seizures, seek medical help immediately.
Treating West Nile Virus When Naturally Doesn’t Work
If you believe you may be experiencing severe symptoms from West Nile Virus, your doctor will perform a physical exam to determine a diagnosis.
Laboratory tests may be used to detect West Nile Virus antibodies in your blood, or an MRI can be administered to determine if you are experiencing brain swelling or inflammation.
Unfortunately, the CDC reports that there are no antiviral medications to treat or cure West Nile Virus. The body has to beat it on its own.
If you do have one of the more serious cases of West Nile Virus, your healthcare provider will likely provide you with what is known as “supportive interventions” to help manage the symptoms.
There is no way to prevent brain swelling from the West Nile Virus, but your healthcare provider may prescribe IV fluids to keep you hydrated and medicine to control any pain-related symptoms.
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