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Dealing with Allergies and Asthma While Pregnant

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Most cell stabilizers such as comolyn sodium help prevent allergic reactions. They are usually available by prescription in the form of eyedrops, nasal sprays, and inhalers. These types of medications fall into category B and are considered safe to use during pregnancy. They are sold under the brand names Intal inhalers, Nasalcrom nasal sprays, and Crolom eyedrops.

Inhaled steroids used to treat asthma caused by environmental allergies are category C drugs. They should only be used if the benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Over-the-counter antihistamines such as chlorpheniramine (sold as Chlortrimetron), diphenhydramine (sold as Benadryl), and loratadine (sold as Claritin) are category B drugs.

The category ratings of prescription antihistamines depend on which drug you take. Fexofenadine (sold as Allegra) is a category C drug, while cetirizine (sold as Zyrtec) is category B. Talk to your doctor about which drug is best for you.

Over-the-counter decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (sold as Sudafed) are category C drugs. Some antihistamines and cold medicines may also contain pseudoephedrine if they say they contain a decongestant. Check the label before taking one of these medications.

There is usually a connection between asthma or allergies, and pollens, molds, animals, house dust mites, and cockroaches. Other non-allergic substances may aggravate asthma, such as tobacco smoke, paint and chemical fumes, strong odors, environmental pollutants (including ozone and smog), and drugs such as aspirin or beta-blockers. Avoiding these allergy and asthma triggers should decrease the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms.

Can I Receive Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are an effective treatment if you continue to experience symptoms despite medication and avoiding allergens. If you were receiving allergy shots before your pregnancy, they can usually be safely continued during your pregnancy, provided you do not develop any adverse reactions. However, it is not recommended that allergy shots be started during pregnancy.

Can I Receive the Flu Shot?

A yearly flu shot is recommended if you have moderate to severe asthma. If you have severe asthma and contract the flu, you may experience serious asthma attacks and can develop pneumonia, which can harm your baby. Some experts recommend that you wait until your second or third trimester to get a flu shot to avoid any possible adverse affects to your baby.

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