How to cure allergy in pregnancy
Who is to suffer from seasonal allergies has a complex relationship with spring and it is estimated that these people are about 20-30% of the adult population, some studies even say 1 in 3 people, and pregnancy often seems to worsen symptoms. Let's see together how we can face the spring season in serenity and with adequate therapy without being forced to close ourselves at home.
First of all, let's try to understand together what the allergic response is and how it manifests itself in pregnancy. In the past it was believed that having an allergy was a defect of the immune system that was not known to defend against external aggressions given by pollen, mites, etc. Recent studies have instead shown that all of us are born allergic or intolerant to all possible substances present in the surrounding world. What changes then, why is one person allergic and the other not?
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The manifestation of the allergy is a signal that the immune system has lost control over that particular allergen (or those) and triggers an exaggerated response than it normally would. During pregnancy, symptoms can sometimes get worse, probably because due to hormonal influences the blood volume, vascular congestion and secretions of the nasal mucosa increase.
But how can traditional drugs be treated during pregnancy?
Scientific evidence and recent studies on both first generation (older ones) and second generation antihistamines have shown that there is no increased risk of malformations or abnormalities for the baby if taken during pregnancy. So yes, in general, antihistamines that are taken orally as a therapy outside the gestational period can also be taken during pregnancy. The only note to do concerns the first generation antihistamines, these tend to make you drowsy especially in the first days of taking, so be careful if you have to drive or move alone.
Alternatively, you can ask your doctor to prescribe a second generation antihistamine that does not have these sedative effects. However, if your allergy is mild and does not require oral therapy because you only have a little dripping of the nose, it is always possible to use as traditional therapy some intranasal topical drugs specific for allergic rhinitis and formulated for intake during pregnancy.
Instead, the use of common nasal decongestants is not recommended because they have vasoconstrictive effects and therefore reduce blood circulation also between the uterus and placenta, reducing the oxygen supply to the baby.
For those who prefer to treat themselves with homeopathy and phytotherapy?
There are excellent remedies also in this case but I would like to remember that homeopathy is not a self-medication medicine it is always good that it is followed in the assumption by a specialist who knows how to dose the dilutions and the remedies correctly with respect to the presented symptoms. .
That said, assuming that the aim is to rebalance the immune system and help it regain control over the allergic reaction minerals such as zinc and copper are very useful. The most frequent symptom, however, is allergic rhinitis which manifests itself in different forms: runny nose, itchy nose, congested nose, irritated nose associated with throat irritation, etc. For this reason they exist different types of homeopathic remedy, one for each type of rhinitis.
I will give you some examples of remedies, which may be recommended to you by the homeopathic doctor: Potassium, Nut Cured, Garlic Onion, Arsenic normally all with a dilution of 9 CH. If, on the other hand, the symptomatology is limited to an irritating conjunctivitis, colluri based on chamomile and euphrasia are very useful, which have the power to decongest and reduce inflammation and therefore itching and tearing.
In this case it is possible to go to the pharmacy, parapharmacy or herbalist's shop for advice because the type of remedy does not require medical supervision. A remedy for the prevention of allergic symptoms is useful in flower therapy Black Ribes to be taken, however, about a month before the normal onset of rhinitis and conjunctivitis. As we have seen in pregnancy it is possible to take different types of therapies depending on your sensitivity or preference, what I recommend and repeat is that in any case, despite being a common and not dangerous condition, it is strictly necessary that any type of drug is taken under strict medical supervision. Always remember that what you take can pass through the placenta and reach the baby and affect him.