Frequent question: Are nasal sprays safe for pregnancy?

If you’re suffering from a cold or allergies during pregnancy, nasal sprays are most likely safe to use. Oxymetazoline, one of the most common active ingredients used in nasal spray decongestants (including Afrin), is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy.

What nasal spray is safe while pregnant?

You can try an intranasal steroid spray like Nasonex® or Flonase®. These sprays are safe to use throughout pregnancy and the regular recommended dosage is still appropriate, Dr. Zanotti says.

Can nasal spray cause birth defects?

“Pregnant women who use nasal sprays for colds and hayfever increase the risk of rare birth defects,” reports the Mail Online. “Pregnant women who use nasal sprays for colds and hayfever increase the risk of rare birth defects,” reports the Mail Online.

Can I use menthol nose spray while pregnant?

Menthol is a common ingredient of many throat lozenges, sprays, and topical ointments. There are no human studies on the use of menthol during pregnancy; thus, its risk is undetermined. The concentration of menthol in these products is low, and the risk of malformations is therefore believed to be small.

How often can you use saline nasal spray when pregnant?

The recommended dose for relieving nasal congestion and dryness is 2 sprays per nostril as needed. When used as a pretreatment prior to administering nasal steroids the recommended dose is 1 spray per nostril 2 to 6 times daily.

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Can I use Vicks on my nose while pregnant?

Yes, vapor rub is safe to use during pregnancy.

Is Vicks VapoRub safe during pregnancy?

Cough medicine

Expectorants like Mucinex, cough suppressants like Robitussin, vapor rubs like Vicks VapoRub, and cough drops are all considered safe during pregnancy.

How do you get rid of a stuffy nose while pregnant?

Take a warm shower or bath and stay in your bathroom afterward to breathe in the steam. (Don’t go into a steam room or a very hot bath, as they’re not safe during pregnancy.) Take a warm towel and hold it over your nose and mouth, breathing through it. Use a humidifier in your bedroom.