Treatment of rhinitis in pregnancy
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Treatment of rhinitis in pregnancy

Katy Mara Odedra Asthma and allergy clinical nurse specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, London

Rhinitis, a condition involving inflammation and irritation of the nasal membranes, is a common condition that can be allergic or non-allergic in origin. Pre-existing rhinitis can worsen during pregnancy, and new rhinitis can occur. Rhinitis has a significant effect on quality of life. Where rhinitis co-exists with asthma, it is a major risk factor for poor asthma control, which can have adverse effects on fetal development during pregnancy. Prescribing any drug treatment during pregnancy carries risks that must balance the benefits of symptom control with pregnancy outcome. Attaining control of rhinitis during pregnancy requires appropriate drug treatment, alongside careful patient education, monitoring and support. This article outlines the safety profile of common treatments used for rhinitis in women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. The aim is to aid the nurse in providing safe, effective treatment and information, thereby allowing patients to make informed decisions.

Nursing Standard. 29, 8,37-41. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.8.37.e9089

Received: 30 April 2014

Accepted: 15 July 2014

Published in print: 22 October 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review