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Allergies in Pregnancy

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Symptoms: 

Nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes and headaches.  Allergies are common during pregnancy & becomes more frequent as the pregnancy progresses. The nasal symptoms of allergic rhinitis or upper respiratory infections are likely to be exacerbated. Rhinitis of pregnancy can amplify symptoms associated with comorbid conditions such as an upper respiratory infection, sinusitis or allergic rhinitis.  

Relief Measures: 

Goal is to decrease the incidence of nasal congestion and its associated discomforts in pregnancy.

  1. Avoid Allergens.  

    1.  Stay indoors on dry, windy days. 

    2. Avoid gardening chores that stir up allergens such as:

      1. Lawn mowing

      2. Weed pulling

    3. Remove clothing you have worn outside & shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.  

    4. Don’t hang laundry outside as pollen can stick to sheets & towels

    5. Wear a mask if you need to do outside chores.  

  2. Use a Neti-Pot to remove mucous debris from nasal cavity with a nasal saline irrigation.   

  3. Homeopathic Remedies:  Kick-It Allergy For Pregnancy found at https://www.wishgardenherbs.com

  4.  Acupuncture may provide benefit for allergic rhinitis and may also provide benefit for other allergic conditions such as atopic dermatitis and asthma.  

  5. Over the Counter medications that can be used include diphenhydramine, loratadine, cetirizine, chlorpheniramine, nasal decongestant sprays and acetaminophen if headaches occur.  

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