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Ugh...It's past midnight and I just want to cry right now. I am beyond stuffed up. I have a breathe right strip on and it's doing absolutely nothing. I have all these pills in my pantry and don't know if I can take any of them!!! I am soooo mad that I have 3 meetings tomorrow at work- I just want to call in sick!!!<br><br>
Can I take Tylenol Allergy?? Tylenol Mutli-Symptom Allergy? DayQuil?? These are all drugs of choice for me but I don't know what to do. What about your average run of the mill decongestant liquid?<br><br>
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PS I tried netti potting twice earlier this evening in hopes that it would help but hasn't <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'm sorry :-( I was about to suggest the nettie pot, until you mentioned it in your second post. What about a nice steamy shower (not so hot you overheat- you know what I mean), or steaming your face over a bowl of hot water- you could drape a towel over your head. And do you mean the nettie pot didn't work, or it didn't help? Sometimes I find that if I do the steaming first it loosens things up, then the nettie works more effectively.
 

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Oh, and here's the link to Dr. Sears' page concerning sinus medication during pregnancy: <a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/1/T011500.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/1/T011500.asp</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> to you because I know exactly how you feel as I have the same exact problem. I am so stuffed up all day and especially at night that I can barely breathe. I finally, after months of trying the neti pot 2x a day, found a cure for me that is safe during pregnancy! I bought a humidifier and I sleep with it on all night. I can breathe all night and feel so much better in the morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br>
For me, I have to avoid all dairy products and drink a ton a water too.
 

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I am so sorry that you are suffering so. I understand your pain. I have only had seasonal allergies for three years now (after moving away from the coast), so i am still learning a lot. When we TTC I stopped taking my allergy medicine, Loratadine, because I just wanted to be med free. I only took this med for about 3-5 months out of the year, but it really worked.<br><br>
After my first 8 weeks of pregnancy, I called the MW and said I can not do this any more! I was using a netti-pot, bio-allers, honey, staying indoors (which doesn't work well for a 3 year old)! I felt I was doing all that I could, and I was going through so much paper (sorry cant stand to use cloth). I was having headaches, sleepless nights, just down right miserable! So they said hey if you need to take a 10 mg Loratadine, go ahead, and so I do, and I feel better (not 100%), but 6 million times better.<br><br>
Yesterday we also bought an air purifier, honeywell, keeping my fingers crossed that it adds to my recovery from these miserable allergies. I may even have to move away from here some day, that is how miserable I was.<br><br>
Am I worried about taking a drug while pregnant, yes, but I know that what I was going through before taking the med was worse for me and my pregnancy. I can do natural child birth and I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but this continuous pain and suffering I couldn't do. It could have turned it to some ugly sinus infection.<br><br>
I wish you luck in being able to breathe and sleep again.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions mamas- I ended up taking a half-day today, so I am home again trying to deal. I think we'll buy a humidifier and an air purifier and see what kind of impact that has and I'm going to have to look at that list.<br><br>
I was doing pretty good and all of a sudden BAM, last night it was just awful. Clear phlegm and snot turned into yellow and I literally could not under any circumstances breathe through my nose.<br><br>
The neti-pot may have actually technically worked in getting some movement- I guess we'll see. I am going to continue using it twice a day all weekend. In the past, it never took more than 4 days to clear it up when using the neti-pot, but I was also able to take whatever drugs I wanted to, so I am sure that will slow the process down.<br><br>
Wish me luck!!!
 

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Definitely get a humidifier and air purifier. Both are incredibly helpful. When it gets really bad, though, old-school Sudafed and Benadryl are both approved for pregnancy. I've been dealing with a cold and seasonal allergies this week and had to break down and take something.
 

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I know my allergist and midwife gave me the go-ahead to use benedryl or Zyrtec. They cautioned against using sudafed regularly, but once in a while is okay? I was told to double my fluid intake on sudafed because it dries you up, and the last thing to need in to get dehydrated, yk?
 

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Glad to know I am not the only one. I purchased the Ocean Sinus Irrigation kit at Costco. I have yet to try it because I am afraid that my nasal passages are too sensitive from all the sneezing, blowing, drip, etc. It's so bad right now! I can't sleep through the night. I am going to need something soon. I have stayed away from med remedies. I am upset about testing positive for group b strep-I am on antibiotics. Grrrrr....
 
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