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Rhinitis of pregnancy

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TittyWhistles Tue 02-Oct-12 10:56:53

I haven't slept for more than 35 minutes in weeks. My nose keeps going orf, bouts of extreme explosive sneezing and itching like a fiend.

My sinuses are bunged, the amount of snot I produce is immense and I can hardly drive, function or breathe because of it.

I've tried chlorphenamine, steam baths, beconase, otrivine and even an infra red electrical thingie that you put up your nostrils and makes them glow like Rudolph.

GP says there's nothing more he can do that is safe, and the only way to get rid of it is to give birth (I'm 22 weeks!).

Has anyone had this and found relief anywhere? Please?

emzypoo Tue 02-Oct-12 11:47:59

Hiya I'm 38 weeks and have suffered throughout my preg I went to the docs when I was five months and eventually after being prescribed antihistamines that didn't work i cried my eyes out to my doc as it was making me miserable and got prescribed budesonide aqueous nasal spray its a saline spray and perfectly safe! 2 squirts up each nostrel a day and I'm back to normal. So go and demand that u are given this I hated being preg until I got it as I was feeling so ill and bunged up x

emzypoo Tue 02-Oct-12 11:51:20

And don't take no for an answer your doc may say like mine that he isn't sure if its safe but mine got pharmacist to check which took a few days longer. Good luck x

TittyWhistles Tue 02-Oct-12 12:17:59

Thanks emz, so the spray is just saline? I have had trouble with sprays in the past as they irritate my sinuses (causing explosive sneezing!) but I'm willing to try again.

AlisonDB Tue 02-Oct-12 12:32:05

OH how i feel your pain!
i went to my Dr. about mine when i was 13 weeks, as i wasnt sleeping which was making my morning sickness (which lasted all day) worse, so i wasnt eating blah blah blah,
anyway he finally relented and prescribed some antihistamines for me,

(i live in Holland - but my mum is a Health Visitor in the UK and i checked with her even after he prescribed them to double check they where safe)

they are called, Promethazine... mum found them in her big medicine book under the name of Phenergan.

They have helped me enormously!
Im now 29 weeks!!
i only take them of a night time as they make me very drowsy (but to me that is a bonus)
and i also tend to cut the tablet in half and only take half a night, but its really really really helped, i can now sleep (when insomnia and baby bouncing on my bladder permit me to)
and i am not sneezing, wheezing, snotting through the day like i was.

i wouldnt have coped this pregnancy if it hasnt been for these tablets!

good luck! x

emzypoo Tue 02-Oct-12 13:13:25

Its a saline spray and when I first took it I didn't feel a difference for a few days and was so disspointed but perservered and thankfully cleared it right up. Anything is worth a try when u feel that bad and people don't realise how misereable it makes u feel x

Megsie99 Tue 02-Oct-12 15:36:04

I really feel for you.. It's so irritating. Especially trying to sleep at night. I've suffered with terrible rhinitis as well as asthma since childhood and trying to breathe sometimes is horrible. I know it might not seem like it but you just kind of get used to it leaving a trail of tissues everywhere you go sad get yourself some of the ones with aloe Vera in do your nose doesn't get sore from wiping it and try things like chewing airwaves or soothes. I'm not sure if sudafed is safe to take in pregnancy but those help too with antihistamines. If you go to holland and Barrett they do little tubs of rhinitis lozenges.. They are only herbal and are specifically for rhinitis. Can't remember what it's called but with all the herbal remedies in a little white tub with blue writing. Good luck! X

AlisonDB Tue 02-Oct-12 16:26:20

Sudafed is NOT safe to take while preg,
and some herbal stuff can be dangerous too!
Do not take anything without it being given the ok by your GP!
Only they know your medical history!!!
You could do more harm than good -

Sorry to sound so bossy! ;-)

LillyofWinchester Tue 02-Oct-12 16:54:04

If you think antihistamines would help my midwife told me piriton are ok to take during pregnancy. Try asking at the pharmacy.

Hope you find something x

TittyWhistles Wed 03-Oct-12 13:51:06

Thanks all, for the sympathy and the advice.
I think I need bossy Alison ! I have another appt with GP this week, antihistamines don't seem to work at all. Am going to try flushing with a neti pot this week too, but the thought makes my eyes water!

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