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Hayfever during pregnancy - help!

(33 Posts)
ruthydd Wed 08-Jun-05 09:49:46

So, I'm not allowed antihistamines. Any advice on herbal remedies or treatments ? I can't bear another day of constant sneezing !

tiredemma Wed 08-Jun-05 09:51:20

i had it during preganancy and my docotor prescribed piriton, but only one tablet a day.

hunkermunker Wed 08-Jun-05 09:52:19

Piriton makes me fall asleep almost instantly, so I have been using nasaleze. It's a little bottle containing an inert cellulose powder that you squirt up your nose.

Still have pg-related stuffiness mind you!

ChaCha Wed 08-Jun-05 10:05:58

I have awful hayfever and can't take anything as of yet. I do have an appt with my m/w and GP tomorrow so am going to have to ask. I posted a similar topic on hayfever/asthma here about a week ago, see if you can find it - am sure there were some helpful replies.
I sneeze constantly and is a case of cross legs, clutch tummy....very nice!
Chacha 15+

LeahE Wed 08-Jun-05 10:11:18

You can use the eyedrops (e.g. Opticrom) and the nasal sprays (e.g. Beconase). Not as helpful as being able to take antihistamines as well, but they do help to take the edge off.

Marina Wed 08-Jun-05 10:15:10

Agree with LeahE, Beconase is safe. If it is really making your life hell, persevere with your GP ruthy, some antihistamines are possibly less contraindicated in pregnancy than others, I seem to recall. I know you can take Zirtek when breastfeeding, for example.
Is there anyone on this planet for whom Piriton works?

MINNIE1 Wed 08-Jun-05 10:46:03

was just looking it up
Hope this helps..

Thomcat Wed 08-Jun-05 10:51:02

Ohhhh, I'm suffereing with hayfever really badly and am 11+ weeks so off to Boots today after reading this thread and will hopefully get something to sort it.

Lottie started getting very red eyes in the garden yesterday, poor little lamb must have it too

hunkermunker Wed 08-Jun-05 10:53:06

You're also meant to eat locally produced honey, but in West London that's easier said than done, I think!

Something to do with eating something made from the pollen you're allergic to, iyswim!

Loobie Wed 08-Jun-05 20:20:51

Agree with opticrom and beconase i find they work better than the antihistamines anyway,and as they are topical they are not absorbed by the body anywear near as much as taking a pill or meds.Also a good thing i found though only worked when inside was an air purifier in the main room i was in.

Mosschops30 Wed 08-Jun-05 20:53:57

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NannyJo Wed 08-Jun-05 20:59:25

i used a herbal remedy when i was pregnant it's a powder that you squirt up your nose (like the liquid ones) it's all natural ingrediants and does no harm to baby.

It helped me lots.

Can't remember what it's called but could find out if anyone is interested.

Also, coat the lining of your nose with vasaline to stop the pollon landing and irritating.

LeahE Wed 08-Jun-05 22:49:18

Mosschops30 -- my doctor looked up Beconase in their Big Magic Book Of What's Safe When (can't remember what it's actually called) and said it was definitely safe -- because its active ingredient is used to treat asthma it's been properly investigated and is OK. I was always reassured that my GPs always looked up everything when I was ttc and pregnent rather than relying on their memory.

giraffeski Wed 08-Jun-05 22:55:55

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ChaCha Thu 09-Jun-05 11:38:02

Morning ladies
I've just been to see my GP who went through her book with me and antihistamines she said were to be avoided.
She did recommend 'Beconase' for the same reason as LeahE has mentioned - to do with steroids like those we use in inhalers for asthma.
Feeling a bit more optimistic now - it's going to be along summer!

fifilala Thu 09-Jun-05 11:54:40

agree with nannyjo - vaseline up your nose

Rochwen Thu 09-Jun-05 13:08:45

I'm struggling with hayfever too and I've made an appoitment with my Dr (have to wait until next week) to discuss what medication I can take. I've suffered with it since I was a little girl and I usually get quite strong prescription drugs during the summer, so I'm not sure how I can cope without anything.

I felt so bad this morning (couldn't breathe, head felt like being held by a vice) that I had to phone in sick at work (my first day off since I got pregnant).

Not nice !!!

shrub Thu 09-Jun-05 13:52:19

i've had hayfever for about 17 years and had tried all the conventional treatments including steriod injections and alternative including homeopathy, very local honey which made no difference and acupuncture which worked but very expensive at £30 a time. had 3 children and breastfeeding at the mo so have been desperate to find something that was natural which works! - have tried 'nasal air guard' (nasalairguard.com) which did work but can be fiddly and expensive - a sort of filter that fits up your nose. but have since found LUFFA COMPLEX (by bioforce) which you can get at health food shops or online which has been a complete miracle, made from the luffa plant (?), found tincture works the best, 20 drops in tiny amount of water which you hold in your mouth for a minute also bought a small water spray put on fine mist to clean room, clothes and myself of pollen you can get them at boots in the travel section or use a garden spray. and or use saline nose drops to wash pollen out of your nose. when really bad change clothes, have shower and wash hair and vasaline up nose. i also thought beconase not safe as i thought it is a steriod.

Rochwen Thu 09-Jun-05 13:56:21

Great advice Shrub. Will look out for luffa stuff. Thanks !

Tessiebear Thu 09-Jun-05 14:00:32

I was always told i could use "Beckonase" (sp) nasal spray when pregnant. Got it from the doctor with DS's 1& 2

ChaCha Thu 09-Jun-05 16:26:33

Shrub - can you explain the mist thing again?

ChaCha Thu 09-Jun-05 17:24:35

This sneezing is driving me crazy! Under my nose, above my mouth is red raw!

truckerkaz Thu 09-Jun-05 21:22:35

hi i'm also suffering with hayfever, had it for the last 34 years beconase is the only thing that works for me. cha cha, try some vaseline on and under your nose, works for me!

2kidsandahubby Thu 09-Jun-05 21:28:05

Hi ladies, While I was pregnant my Doctor also told me to put vasleline around my nose, I also
I found Olbas oil(think thats how its spelt) really helped - hope this helps

shrub Thu 09-Jun-05 21:31:10

hi chacha - not sure of name but its as indoor garden spray bottle that you can get at garden centres or as a hair water spray bottle that you can get at boots. you can set the spray to a fine mist then spray around the room, around windows, doors and yourself to dampen down the pollen. you are sort of creating a a little rain shower around yourself. i also take it with me in the car and when i'm out.

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