Published: June 11, 2012
I’m occasionally asked if it’s safe to use Sinus Relief during pregnancy. If you have a sinus infection while you are pregnant, you have a bit of a dilema. Taking any drugs such as antihistamines or antibiotics is a bad idea when you are pregnant. Yet, being sick while you are pregnant is not healthy either. My opinion is to use the Sinus Relief before your congestion turns into a sinus infection. Then you need far less and the question becomes mute. Personally, when faced with this choice, I would choose Sinus Relief over antibiotics every time. Of course it would be illegal for me to advise you, so that is not advice. Below is a response that I recently wrote addressing this issue.
Hello Dr. N,
I certainly understand your concern and I echo your desire to avoid antibiotics especially during the pregnancy. Since we have not done any studies on placenta crossing or fetal toxicity there is no way that I can give you a solid answer based on research. All that I can offer you is my own experience which is empirical at best and anecdotal at worst. I have seen numerous mothers use this during pregnancy with no consequence. The silver particles are roughly 10 nm but they seem to be harmless to mamilian tissue. Since the spray is used intra-nasally, it requires dosing of around 240 micrograms per day. The normal intake of silver from breathing and eating is around 150. So the systemic load is very small. If you wished to make it smaller, you could use the super neti juice which is a rinse that is used in a neti-pot. This reaches deeper into the sinuses and is more effective, while at the same time, you allow it to flow out of the nose at the end of the treatment so the retained levels are low.
In a balance (and all of life’s choices are such) when you compare suffering with a sinus infection or a cold to taking medications and how this would impact a fetal development, I personally would choose the Sinus Relief or Super Neti Juice without hesitation.
I hope this helps,