Understanding Rhinitis During Pregnancy
Rhinitis is a common disease in women, and can often appear in the second month of pregnancy. It will last at least six weeks, and then the symptoms are lost entirely – usually within two weeks of childbirth. According to some researchers, approximately 20-30% of pregnant women suffer from this disease.
What Is The Causes Of Pregnancy Rhinitis?
The causes of allergic rhinitis during pregnancy have not been fully understood. However, research points toward the concentration of estrogen during pregnancy, which is thought to be related to this problem.
Increased estrogen during pregnancy can increase the cholinergic response – an allergic reaction. The process creates a mild stimulant that affects fluid lubricant in the nose pores, leading to the production of excess mucus, which is the primary cause of nasal congestion.
Common symptoms of pregnancy rhinitis are usually:
- Nasal obstruction
- Continuous nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose and sneezing
- Breathing by mouth at night that leads to poor sleep quality
How To Recognize Pregnancy Rhinitis?
Surprisingly, pregnancy rhinitis is quite similar to allergic rhinitis in normal people, and sometimes, it is like other diseases such as colds, flu, and sinusitis. So, how do we know the exact symptoms of pregnancy rhinitis?
As usual, external symptoms are nasal congestion, runny nose or sneezing, sore throat, body aches, swollen parotid glands, swollen lymph nodes, or mild fever. In some cases, sinus cavity pain, headache, fever, nasal pain, and other symptoms are aggravated when bowing.
What To Do When Suffering From Rhinitis Of Pregnancy?
Pregnant women should not use drugs or strong treatments in most of the cases because that can affect their fetus. But to avoid feeling uncomfortable, mothers can apply some tips to cure allergic rhinitis without using medication.
How To Treat Pregnancy Rhinitis Naturally:
- Use High Pillows When Sleeping
When you sleep, ensure that the position of your head is higher than your body to prevent the fluids in the nose from flowing back into the sinus (because overflowing into the sinus can cause sinusitis).
You should also pay attention to room temperature when sleeping. Many doctors advise that pregnancy rhinitis sufferers should limit their sleeping spaces to those with open air conditioning.
- Smell Onions
Smelling onions is quite effective in treating this disease. The researchers said that onions have many components that have the effects of pushing back the unpleasant symptoms such as nasal congestion and sneezing. Onions are also incredibly benign, and are not harmful to pregnant women.
- Grab an onion, remove its skin, and cut it into many small pieces
- Pack the content into a thin towel
- Place beneath the nose and smell several times
- Use Salt
Salt is extremely effective in killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. It also does not cause any harm if used in the right way. Women can buy saline to wash or steam the nasal cavity.
- Wash your hand and instruments
- Mix salt and water in the cup or bowl and then pour the solution into a small, clean spray bottle
- Spray the solution into the right nostril and tilt the head to the left at a 45-degree angle
- Spray gently to make sure that the amount of water going into the nose is not too much
- Do this 2-3 times and then change to the left nostril
After you have washed both nostrils with saline, you should deflate gently to avoid damaging the nose.
- Massage And Acupressure
Gentle movements acting on either side of the nose will stimulate a runny nose out and then quickly improve nasal congestion. Warm up your hands, put your hand on the nose, and rub it lightly about 2 minutes. This method is effective in treating nasal congestion and loss of smell.
- Beef Soup
Raw materials preparation:
- Fresh beef: 100 g
- Rice: 60 g
- Garlic: 60 g
- Dill: 15 g
- Slice meat and then mix it with vegetable oil
- Crush garlic cloves and chop dill
- Cook rice and mix with beef and garlic
- Add spices and dill to it
This dish is especially suitable for pregnant women. It helps reduce the nose secretions and improves nasal ventilation. Beef porridge is also very rich in nutrition that helps to enhance the health of moms and their babies.
The above are top 5 most effective ways on how to treat pregnancy rhinitis naturally at home that you should try. If you found relief through the means we have outlined, don’t forget to share your comments below.
This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural home remedies for beauty and health issues.