Sinus infection During Pregnancy

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Sinus infections while pregnant makes being sick even worse at times. Sinusitis is caused due to an infection in the lining of one of the four nasal cavities, which indeed causes a nasal obstruction and an inflammation inhibiting the proper drainage of mucus. This can result in symptoms such as a stuffy nose and painful pressure around your cheeks and eyes. Such infections may be caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus, though the cold is the most common contributing factor of sinus infections.

Certain medications are safe to use for sinus infection during pregnancy and some other medications are not safe to take while pregnant. There are some home remedies effective in alleviating the symptoms and helping to recover.

How to Alleviate a Sinus Infections While Pregnant:

1.  Medications


Medications that used to treat acute sinus infections include cefprozil (Cefzil) and amoxicillin-clavulanate. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is also considered as safe to be used during pregnancy for pain relief and/or headaches. Also short-term use of antihistamines, decongestants, expectorants, and cough suppressants for upper-respiratory infections are generally regarded as safe during pregnancy if consumed in limited amounts. However, it is necessary to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc…) as they are considered to be not safe during pregnancy period. Overall, even though there are some safe medications to take during pregnancy, it is always best to limit the use of medication while pregnant and opt for other safer remedies.

2.  Home Remedies


Some safe home remedies that can be used to alleviate the symptoms and recover from a sinus infection include:

  • Drink plenty of fluids including water, broth and citrus juice as staying hydrated is important for fighting against an infection and for clearing a stuffy nose.
  • Try to use saline nasal irrigation or saline nose drops. Make your own saline drops by combining 1 cup of warm water with 1/8 tsp. salt and a tiny pinch of baking soda.
  • Use a humidifier at night in order to clear nasal passages.
  • Using nasal strips helps to open nasal passages. Elevating your head with a couple of pillows while lying down make breathing easier.
  • Gargle salt water, drink warm liquid, or suck on ice for sore throat. Honey and lemon also soothen a sore throat.
  • Getting plenty of sleep will help your immune system to fight against infection.
  • It is important to eat well during pregnancy.  Try to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Include fruits, vegetables and nutrient-dense foods in your diet. Soup can be also used as a best soothing option.

For headaches:

  • Use hot or cold packs on shoulders or neck or have a cold pack on your forehead to get rid of headache.
  • Getting a massage or taking a warm bath may also help to alleviate headaches.


Sinus Infections and When to Contact Your Doctor:

  • If you have a fever above 101° F
  • If you are coughing up green or yellow mucus
  • If you cannot eat or sleep

While sinus infections are not fun, it is necessary to take care of yourself either through medication or home remedies to alleviate your symptoms and promote your recovery.