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    Question Antihistamines

    Hi everyone
    I am pregnant after 8 yrs with #1 ... I have an issue with hives and because of that I take an antihistamine everyday, though a lot of the time I take it when I start feeling the symptoms come on.
    I know exactly when I need to take it as my head gets hot and burns and itches, my ears burn and begin to swell, my lips tingle etc. If I do not take an antihistamine my hives are excessive, my face, eyes & lips can swell up etc.

    As soon as I found out I was preg (a week ago) I went to the pharmacy and changed from my usual one to a Class A one but today my GP said I should not take my antihistamine at all if I can help it.

    I will certainly try as am willing to do whatever and endure whatever I have to for this baby but the reaction I get is horrid and nothing eases it, I end up coughing and wheezing from the allergic reaction too and having to use an inhaler as well.

    Can anyone tell me what I could do to keep the hives at bay without taking the medication.

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    I'm much the same. I was allowed to continue taking telfast 180mg for my hives during pregnancy. I actually take 2 per day, rather than the rec. dose of 1. I confirmed with the medication query line at King Edward hospital that this would be fine.

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    I haven't heard of not being able to take antihistamines during pregnancy! i take polaramine and it's no problem to take it.

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    It is so annoying as one doctor says one thing and another says another.
    I cannot wait till I can just find a good OB !!!

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    The midwife in my Ob's office named 3 different ones that were ok, I know Polarmine was one of them (can't recall the others). Maybe it is because you are taking it every day that the GP was being cautious? Hope you can find an Ob soon to reassure you!

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    Maybe you should see an immunologist? They are the proper allergy specialists. They will be able to give you good advice on what to do.

    I had hives once or twice a week before I got pregnant with my dd and I was dreading having to take antihistamines when pregnant as I didn't want to take any med's if at all possible. The great news was that from when I got pregnant my hives stopped. It was fantastic! And, even better now it's 12 months later and from memory I haven't had hives once since my dd was born.

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    I have a scan sometime next week ... if all is well I will be booking into an OB asap

    My hives are super severe even now my ears are absolutely burning and I have broken out in some hives on my torso.


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    I saw my OB and a dermatologist and they both said that polaramine was fine (might make you drowsy though).
    One of the things that both of them mentioned was that the negative impact the stress, itching, burning, lack of sleep etc could be having on the baby.

    I'm not sure if the same applies if you were taking it longer term, but it worked a treat for me. Good luck.

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    Thank you but it no longer matters, sadly my pregnancy was a live ectopic so I lost my baby and my tube on Thursday.

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    Default Antihistamines

    Oh sweetheart, huge huge hugs, hope you are doing ok xxxx


 

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