For safe allergy relief during pregnancy, taking prescription drugs and over-the-counter allergy or decongestant medications may carry risks and side effects. A physician should always be consulted. The Mayo Clinic recommends nasal rinsing during pregnancy. In this article, Dr. Tobah addresses the topic of taking allergy medications, and listing many drug-free options, emphasizing the safe and effective practice of saline irrigation.
From Mayo Clinic
Is it safe to take allergy medications during pregnancy?
Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D.
Allergy medications are sometimes recommended during pregnancy. However, before you take an allergy medication, consider ways to reduce your symptoms, including:
- Avoiding triggers. Limit your exposure to anything that triggers your allergy symptoms.
- Saline nasal spray. Over-the-counter saline nasal spray can help ease symptoms and provide safe allergy relief during pregnancy. Use the spray as needed.
- Nasal irrigation. Once a day or as needed, fill a neti pot with an over-the-counter saline nasal solution or specially prepared water. Then tilt your head sideways over the sink and place the spout of the neti pot in your upper nostril. Breathing through your open mouth, pour in the liquid so it drains through your lower nostril. Repeat on the other side. Water should be distilled or sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or passed through a filter designed to trap potentially infectious organisms.
- Physical activity. Exercise helps reduce nasal inflammation and provide safe allergy relief during pregnancy.
- Nasal strips. Over-the-counter adhesive nasal strips can help keep your nasal passages open.
- Elevating the head of the bed. Raising the head of the bed by 30 to 45 degrees might help ease symptoms.
If you’re considering taking a medication for allergy relief during pregnancy, talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits.
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