Originally Posted by Jaimee
Why Nasonex? I know it's supposed to be gentler to your sinus tissue- more hydrating, not causing that dry feeling that leads to nose bleeds. But it's it's category C. Rhinocort is category B. Did your doc have a reason you needed Nasonex instead?
At the doctor's appointment, we talked a long time about this. My history with my ENT is rather large- back in November I got sinus surgery to try to make it easier for infections to drain (I have a huge history of infections), and have seen him 5 times since surgery with terrible infections. A lot of good surgery did
So, here I am, pregnant, symptoms worse than ever. And this is what he found by using his intra nasal scope (a large, uncomfortable tube with a camera at the end that goes deep in the sinuses to look at the membranes and see how much infection is in there.
The results shocked me. NO INFECTION. A tiny bit of yellow mucus, but not enough to be classified as anything big. The problem is that my membranes are so swollen form pregnancy, that even with 10x a day salt water that I've been using for months, it's done nothing. I couldn't smell. I couldn't breath at night. It's been a nightmare. So glad I went in!
To answer your question- we decided Nasonex wasn't the best solution and he instead gave me Triamcinolone Acetonide (snorted steroid, much like Nasonex). Many pregnant patients use it, and even my own midwifery clinic perscribes it- although I don't know the category. The problem is, and I know this sounds terrible, but even if it was in a questionable category, I'd still probably take it. That's how desperate I am. It's either this, or continue to take Sudafed every day (which is not good to take in pregnancy every day!). The risk of inhaled steroids entering the bloodstream is extremely unlikely, so I've researched and been told- which is why it's perscribed. I also have to take an inhaled steroid for my chronic asthma. The way I see it is this: I am a severe asthmatic, and allergy sufferer, all made worse by pregnancy. I'd rather the baby get oxygen and me get enough sleep to grow the baby, than not take steroids. I don't know if that's the best attitude for me to have, but it's just the truth.
Asthma and rhinitis combined is horribly terriying. Waking up at night unable to breath through the nose and wheezing because there happens to be a tiny bit of dust in the air or the window was left open. It's suffocating!
Wanted to update after using Triamcinolone...I've been using it for 4 days now and I haven't woken up once at night. Beyond that, I am blowing my nose like crazy because everything is finally draining!!!!!! I have no more sinus pressure, nothing is trapped anymore, and I am so relieved.
I highly recommend it for rhinitis of pregnancy. It's been doing me wonders and I am so grateful to have found it!