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How can I Deal with a Sinus Infection During Pregnancy?

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If you are pregnant and concerned that you may have a sinus infection, the first course of action should be to consult with your physician. If an infection has developed, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria. If you're concerned about treating other symptoms, such as nasal and sinus congestion, without the use of potentially harmful drugs, there are natural or homeopathic ways to alleviate the symptoms. These may include the use of steam to decongest sinus openings. Following a healthful diet, staying hydrated, and getting proper rest are essential to a faster recovery as well.

A sinus infection typically occurs when bacteria becomes trapped in the sinus cavities. This can happen as a side effect or complication of a cold, or allergies. Sinusitis can be painful and when bacteria is present, it can cause other symptoms that can make you feel ill, such as chills and fever. If you develop a sinus infection during pregnancy, you want to ensure the bacteria does not affect the fetus, and the best way to handle this would be through a doctor's care. If he feels you should be given antibiotics to clear up the infection, it's important to follow through and finish the entire dosage as prescribed.

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Many individuals who aren't pregnant rely on antihistamines and decongestants to relieve sinusitis symptoms. If you're suffering from a sinus infection during pregnancy, you may wish to avoid any unnecessary medications and drugs that could cause side effects that might harm your unborn child. There are ways to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection during pregnancy, however, without the use of antihistamines, decongestants, or oral pain relievers.

Steam therapy is a safe alternative and effective treatment to bring relief from sinus and nasal congestion. There are devices such personal steam inhalers, which can be purchased at most pharmacies or online. This product is a small device that plugs into standard electrical house current. After being filled with warm water, the steam vapors are then inhaled as you place your face directly under the hood.

Additionally, you may wish to take a warm shower twice daily. This method is also beneficial in helping drain sinus and head congestion. Alternately, you may fill a bowl with steaming hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the vapors.

If you're suffering from pain across the bridge of your nose, around the cheekbones, or in your forehead area, there is an effective and natural way to ease the discomfort. Simply soak a washcloth in very warm or hot water. Squeeze out excess water and place the warm cloth over the area of discomfort, avoiding sensitive areas such as your eyes. Warm, moist heat can bring relief from the aches and pains associated with sinusitis. Alternately, a product such as a specially designed sinus mask may provide comfort.

Experiencing a sinus infection during pregnancy can make you feel dehydrated from breathing through your nose. This is why it is crucial to drink plenty of water at this time. Fluids will help loosen congestion and make it easier to flush it from your body. To ensure you are getting adequate amounts of water, try to consume at least eight glasses per day.

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