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I’m pregnant and I have a sinus infection. What antibiotics are safe for me and my baby?
If you are pregnant and develop a sinus infection, you should seek medical assistance immediately. If you experience a sinus headache, yellowish-green sinus drainage and a low grade fever, you might need to undergo sinus infection treatment. Only your doctor will be able to determine the best antibiotics for pregnancy. Generally all antibiotics fall into four main categories, in regard to their safety during pregnancy. Most antibiotics go into category B, meaning they have no known side effects and could be used to treat bacterial infections in pregnancy, like Amoxicillin. Category C medications do no have sufficient research data in relation to pregnancy safety or there are some concerns of possible birth defects if taking these medications while pregnant, some of them are Diflucan, Bactrim and others. Category C antibiotics should be generally avoided during pregnancy, as the risk of developing birth defects is higher, but might be prescribed by your doctor under very rare circumstances. Medications in the category X must not, under any circumstances, be taken while pregnant due to the danger of developing severe birth defects.
The best antibiotics for pregnancy are the ones that will respond to your specific bacterial type of sinus infection. The doctor might take a swab of the inside of your nasal passages to determine the best antibiotics for pregnancy for you.
There’s a lot one can do naturally to relive sinus headache and sinus drainage symptoms. The best natural home remedy for sinus infection is a nasal irrigation, performed with a preservative-free saline wash or a simple salt and water solution made at home. Nasal irrigation allows to clear nasal passages of mucous debris facilitating better sinus drainage. Drinking plenty of hot liquids has been long proven to naturally relieve congestion. Also, keeping your head elevated at night can reduce pressure on already inflamed nasal tissues.
The information supplied in this article is not intended as medical advice and should only be used for educational purposes.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Pregnancy Health Care1 Jan 2010|