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Allergies

Pregnancy > Health and Development > Allergies

Allergies are a common problem for many people, with symptoms ranging from mild itching and irritation to anaphylaxis and even death so it is important, especially during pregnancy to get advice from your doctor on your own particular allergy, the effects this may have on your pregnancy and vice versa, how safe it is to continue with any regular allergy medication and advice on how to proceed if you have to give up your normal allergy medication.

Although it is very rare that women develop an allergy solely because of their pregnancy, 25% of women complain of pregnancy rhinitis and exhibit symptoms ranging from nasal congestion, runny nose, headaches, sinus congestion and sneezing or coughing. This usually begins in the first trimester and can in some cases last through the entire pregnancy. This swelling of the membranes is caused by the hormonal changes which affect the lining of the nose, making it swell causing nasal congestion and in very extreme cases, complete obstruction.

If you are experiencing these symptoms discuss them with your doctor or obstetrician and they can perhaps advise an over the counter remedy or a prescription medicine which can help and is safe for pregnant women to use.



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