Dealing with Sinusitis During Pregnancy

Dealing with Sinusitis During Pregnancy

You’re prone to sinusitis, and now you’re pregnant. If possible, you want to try to stay away from antibiotics. You’ll do everything you can to keep your baby safe. 

You’ll want to see a specialist, though, to ensure you’re doing all the right things to protect your health and that of your baby. Board-certified otolaryngologist Nilesh Patel, MD specializes in ear, nose, and throat disorders and sees many patients with sinusitis.

Pain reliever and medication dos and don’ts

You may be prone to sinus headaches. Dr. Patel explains which pain relievers are alright to take when you’re pregnant and which you should avoid. For example, don’t take any aspirin or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is safe during pregnancy, however.

Dr. Patel lets you know whether you can take antihistamines, decongestants, and cough suppressants. If you’d rather avoid them, though, you can seek out more natural remedies.

Natural alternatives to drugs with chemicals

Following are natural remedies for soothing a sinus infection.

Use saline drops

Salt is a natural cleanser. It has antibacterial properties. Here’s a fact you may not have known: Salt can destroy some types of bacteria by draining them of water. It’s nature’s antibiotic. 

You can buy a bottle of saline at any drug store. Lie on your back and dose each nostril with a couple of drops. Give it time to drain down into your nasal passages. Dose again if necessary. Use the drops as needed.

Gargle with salt water

Gargle with warm salt water when you have thick post nasal drip. It helps calm and clear your sore throat. Plus, it helps clear bacteria.


Keep your reusable water bottle nearby. If you need variety, drink decaffeinated tea, citrus juice, or broth. Staying hydrated can help open your nasal passages and break up thick mucus drainage.

Use a humidifier 

If you’ve had repeat sinus infections, it’s smart to invest in humidifiers. Run them in the rooms you use most to help thin the mucus in your nasal passages. 

This is especially important if you live in a dry environment. Dry air can make your sinuses too dry. Your sinus membranes may crack, allowing bacteria to enter.

Sleep with your head elevated

Elevate your head slightly at night when you sleep. Find comfortable pillows that work for you. This helps sinus mucus drain downward instead of staying in your nasal passages, which clogs your breathing.

Use steam 

Steam from hot water helps your sinuses drain. This is a good, old-fashioned remedy. 

Use a hot or cold pack on your head for a sinus headache

You may find moist heat or a cold pack can help ease a sinus headache. 

You can feel reassured that you’re not harming your baby by using these natural alternatives to drugs with chemicals when you’re pregnant. 

Get enough rest

Sleep powers your immune system and helps keep you healthy. Be sure you’re getting enough rest during the day and good sleep quality at night. Don’t overload yourself with tasks that produce unnecessary stress. 

If your sinus infection doesn’t get better with natural remedies, Dr. Patel prescribes an antibiotic that’s safe to take when you’re pregnant. You and your baby are in safe hands. 

Call the offices of Nilesh Patel, MD, in Midtown, New York or book an appointment through our online portal today if you suspect you have sinusitis.

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