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    Default Sinus infection in pregnancy

    Hi all,

    So I had a minor cold last week, and now my whole face hurts! It's especially in the sinuses under my eyes, and feels like all my teeth are infected (which they aren't!).

    I know ultimately it's antibiotics if it doesn't resolve, but I'd like to avoid them in pregnancy.

    Any tips? Panadol doesn't do a thing for the pain - just want to go to sleep to escape and i don't want to eat because it hurts to chew. Don't think I can have sudafed etc in pregnancy?


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    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    still on the teaching contract roundabout

    Default Re: Sinus infection in pregnancy

    You could try a nasal wash/rinse (fess have a good one that's safe during pregnancy). I think I've heard them referred to as neti-pots as well.

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    Jul 2004

    Default Re: Sinus infection in pregnancy

    I get in the shower and let the hot water run over my sinus area and give it a massage. Try a vaporiser and just keep blowing your nose. Try google remedies to help sinuses during pregnancy. Hope you feel better soon.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    On the other side of this screen!!!

    Default Re: Sinus infection in pregnancy

    1. Nasal rinse - I use a product called sinoclear which is more concentrated than something like fess spray, but is still essentially salty water. It's pretty easy to use .

    2. Chew gum - the movement of your jaw helps to clear the ear/sinus passages

    3. Heat - a hot face washer might help with the pain factor.

    4. You might also like to give oil pulling a go. (Google if you don't know what it is). It might help drain out the congestion & promote healing that way.

    But - don't sit on it for too long. Your immune system is less strong during pregnancy than normally, so sometimes the safest thing is just to take the appropriate medication & get better as quickly as you can

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