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Asthma and Rhinitis During Pregnancy



Pregnancy may be complicated by new-onset or preexisting rhinitis, or asthma. This article reviews the recognition and management of rhinitis and asthma during pregnancy, as well as general principles of medication use during pregnancy. Asthma is one of the most common potentially serious medical problems to complicate pregnancy, and chronic rhinitis is even more common in pregnant women. Both conditions may substantially affect maternal quality of life and directly or indirectly affect the pregnancy. Optimal management of asthma and rhinitis during pregnancy is thus important for both mother and baby. This article reviews the assessment and management of rhinitis and asthma in pregnant women. Mt Sinai J Med 78:661–670, 2011. © 2011 Mount Sinai School of Medicine