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