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How can I manage nasal stuffiness during pregnancy?

How can I manage nasal stuffiness during pregnancy?

Saline Nasal Spary: The safest thing to use is saline nasal spray. You can also use some afrin nasal spray for short periods without any issues. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What is the percentage of women that suffer from nasal congestion during pregnancy?What is safe to take?Any thing at home i can do to help?

What is the percentage of women that suffer from nasal congestion during pregnancy?What is safe to take?Any thing at home i can do to help?

Very Common: Nasal congestion is very common in pregnancy. Antihistamines, cromolyn sodium, beclomethasone are a few medications that have been studied and not shown to definitely cause harm to the fetus. However, the medications must be used with caution and weighed against risk to the fetus. Here is a good article to review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16048356. ...Read more

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What can a pregnant women take for nasal congestion during pregnancy? I am very congested to the point where I can't sleep well at night.

What can a pregnant women take for nasal congestion during pregnancy? 
I am very congested to the point where I can't sleep well at night.

Hypertonic saline : Isotonic saline rinses the nose, but hypertonic will decongest. If you buy an applicator, make your own saline with 3/4 tsp table salt in 8 oz tap water. If you're on a well or are unsure of your water supply, boil the water for 20 min and cool to room temperature. Some people like to add 1/2 tsp baking soda. If severe, talk with your allergist about the risks and benefits of nasal steroids. ...Read more

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Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! thank you

Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! thank you

If your BP is NML: Afrin (oxymetazoline) contains a vasoconstrictor, which is to say that it constricts blood vessels. In women predisposed to this, especially in late pregnancy, it may cause a rise in your bp, that could make your doctor suspicious of developing preeclampsia. In small amounts it should be safe, but i would suggest you try antihistamines (they sometimes help), and avoid the decongestants for the above reason. ...Read more

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Is Ocean Saline Nasal Spray safe to use during pregnancy for nasal congestion? And can I use it for a long period of time? Thanks!

Is Ocean Saline Nasal Spray safe to use during pregnancy for nasal congestion? And can I use it for a long period of time?

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Yes.: And see my previous response to you. Nasal steroids might be the best way to go. If you are concerned about the safety of your water and can't find what you need locally, NeilMed has good products available online, with his patient education resources. ...Read more

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I've been having plegm and nasal congestion for two weeks by now.. Havent tried any medicine yet coz am afraid it might affect my pregnancy..

I've been having plegm and nasal congestion for two weeks by now.. Havent tried any medicine yet coz am afraid it might affect my pregnancy..

Homeopathy: If you are afraid of using pharmacologic agents, there are alternatives. If you live near the sea, take walks ski g the beach, where the surf is active, and the salt air will clear up the congestion. Otherwise, use nasal rinse to wash inside your nose. Mix salt and warm water to have a slight salt taste. Rinse both nare daily. Otherwise get a netty pot. ...Read more

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I haven't had a period since aug 6 i haven't had pregnancy symptoms I have had nasal congestion and sharp pain from my lower stomach to my vagina?

I haven't had a period since aug 6 i haven't had pregnancy symptoms I have had nasal congestion and sharp pain from my lower stomach to my vagina?

Many options : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more