(KUTV) We have told you before that the allergy season comes in waves. Right now, grass pollens are making a lot of people sneeze. Later this summer, weeds will be a concern. Now the itchy eyes and sneezing can be miserable for anyone, especially pregnant women.
Doctor Vicki Lyons specializes in allergy and immunology at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. She says there are steps pregnant women can take to alleviate their allergy symptoms. “If you are allergic to dust, it is recommended that you wash your bedding in hot water once a week.” Doctor Lyons says you should also close your windows when pollen counts are high. You can check the pollen counts, by visiting: http://pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp
Allergy medications can also help but there are some medications that are NOT safe for use during pregnancy. The Food Drug Administration has 5 classifications for medications during pregnancy. “So category A and B are considered reasonably safe,” said Dr. Lyons. “Categories C and D are less safe.”
Your doctor or pharmacist would know what medications are safe to use during pregnancy. They would also know what medications are safe to use if you are breastfeeding.
If you have questions about what medications are safe to use during pregnancy, you can also contact the Pregnancy Risk Line at (800) 822-2229 or visit them at http://health.utah.gov/prl/.
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