If you're experiencing a stuffy nose while pregnant, experts from Mediclinic Mirdif Dubai reveal the reason why...
27 February 2020| Last updated on 2 March 2020
Allergies while pregnant? Here's what ENT specialists have to say.
Pregnancy is associated with many hormonal and physiological changes, with the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) region being no exception. One of these problems is "pregnancy rhinitis" or stuffy nose during pregnancy.
If you're pregnant and you've been sneezing, sniffling, and experiencing watery eyes quite frequently, it's likely that you have pregnancy-related nasal congestion. But how can expecting-mothers tell the difference between allergies and pregnancy rhinitis?
Dr. Abdelhalim Mahmoud, ENT Specialist at Mediclinic Mirdiff in Dubai, breaks down what you need to know, from pregnancy rhinitis symptoms to what treatments are safe.
What is pregnancy rhinitis?
Pregnancy rhinitis is congestion or a stuffy nose during pregnancy. It may feel similar to the nasal congestion you get when you have a cold, but this condition is mainly caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Up to 30% of pregnant women have pregnancy rhinitis, and it can start as early as your second month, though it tends to get worse later in pregnancy.
How can I tell if my congestion is pregnancy rhinitis or something else?
If congestion or a runny nose are your only symptoms, then you probably have pregnancy rhinitis.
If you have a stuffy nose as well as sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, mild aches and pains, swollen glands, or a fever, then it is more likely you have a cold or another infection like sinusitis.
What is the treatment for pregnancy rhinitis?
To relieve congestion and other symptoms of pregnancy rhinitis, try these healthcare expert-approved methods:
- Drink plenty of hydrating fluids
- Elevate your head with extra pillows when you lie down to rest or sleep
- Take a warm shower and linger in the steamy bathroom. Steam is soothing and temporarily relieves congestion
- Try saline nose drops or saline nasal spray
- Use a humidifier or vaporiser in your bedroom at night to add moisture to the air
- Get some mild to moderate exercise , which sometimes relieves a stuffy nose
- Avoid potential irritants, such as cigarette smoke, alcohol, paint and chemical fumes as well as anything else that triggers your symptoms
What medicine can I take to relieve pregnancy rhinitis?
It is generally best to try to avoid taking any medications during your first trimester because that is when your baby's organs are forming.
However, if congestion is making you truly miserable, ask an ENT Specialist in Dubai about medicines that are safe for you to try. Click contact below to book your consultation at Mediclinic Mirdiff so you can get an expert opinion.