Having a sore throat is no fun, and especially not during pregnancy, when you are already dealing with nausea, frequent urinations, sleepless nights and several more new changes.
Throat infections that occur during pregnancy may be viral or bacterial. Regardless of their origin, they are usually not a serious concern, and often go away on their own.
Why Do Throat Infections Occur?
A majority of throat infections occur due to a bacterium known as streptococcus group A, which is usually transmitted from one person to another.
- If someone from your family is already affected by a throat infection, there is a greater risk of you being affected too.
- Throat infections are a hassle, and if you are one of those who suffer from sinusitis, then a throat infection may really make you feel miserable.
So let’s learn a bit more about throat problems during pregnancy, and how you can tackle them easily.
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Signs And Symptoms Of Throat Infections:
The signs and symptoms of throat infections differ from person to person and vary in terms of severity. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
1. Soreness of the throat
2. Red, swollen tonsils
3. Constant pain in the throat
4. Swelling around the neck (in severe cases)
5. Difficulty in swallowing and eating
7. Weakness and fatigue
9. Excessive sweating
10. Loss of appetite
11. Enlargement of lymph nodes
While throat infections usually go away on their own, if they persist over a period of time, they may invade the tissues nearby the throat.
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It is surprising how some simple tips and tricks can help you prevent and tackle throat infections during pregnancy without any side effects. Some of them are:
1. Avoid consuming cold and fizzy drinks as they tend to aggravate the condition.
2. Drink plenty of fluids and keep your body well hydrated.
3. Avoid consuming processed foods, especially those that have food coloring and preservatives.
4. Consume herbal teas like green tea and lemon tea to reduce the pain and scratchiness of the throat.
5. Inhale steam to relieve any nasal congestion and pain that may be caused due to throat infection.
6. Gargle with a mixture of salt, water and powdered turmeric at least thrice a day. The salt kills the bacteria that cause the infection and turmeric acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent.
7. Consume foods that strengthen the immune system. Stick to fresh, raw foods that contain vitamins and minerals.
8. Take optimum bed rest, in a quiet and peaceful surrounding.
9. Avoid sharing your food plates and other utensils with someone who already has a throat infection.
10. Make it a point to reduce your intake of any fast foods or foods purchased from food stalls, at least during your pregnancy period.
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If you have been experiencing persistent throat infection during pregnancy, it is best not to delay visiting your doctor.
- He may prescribe you pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve throat pain during pregnancy.
- He may also prescribe certain safe antibiotics as cure and prevent the infection from spreading.
A word of caution: Insufficient intake of antibiotics can cause the infection to spur up again, which may need you to take higher doses of antibiotics which would cause harm to your baby. It is best to follow your doctor’s instructions especially when it comes to using medications during pregnancy.
We hope this article helps you in handling throat infection in pregnancy. Avoid opting for OTC drugs and medications yourself, and take adequate rest for fast recovery. Be frank about your concerns to your healthcare provider rather than attempting to handle the situation yourself.
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Take care and all the best!
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