Nasal rinsing appears suitable for the management of pregnant women with seasonal allergic rhinitis since no deleterious effects on the fetus are to be expected.
Pregnant women with seasonal allergic rhinitis were randomized to intranasal lavage with hypertonic saline 3 times daily versus no local therapy during a 6-week pollen season. Patients kept a daily record of rhinitis symptoms.
An improvement in rhinitis score was observed in the study group during all weeks of therapy.
Antihistamines use was reduced and no adverse effect was reported in the active group.
The study authors concluded that nasal rinsing is a safe and effective treatment option in pregnant women with seasonal allergic rhinitis.
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Nasal Lavage in Pregnant Women with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Study. Garavello W, Somigliana E, Acaia B, Gaini L, Pignataro L, Gaini RM. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2009 Sep 15;151(2):137-141.
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